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    Nicaraguan Rice and Beans

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    7 hrs

    1 hr

    6 hrs

    SilverOpera's Note:

    I haven't tried this yet, but it looks extremely authentic and delicious. Please review it if you try it before me!

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    1. 1
      Cover the beans generously in water and soak at least 4 hours.
    2. 2
      Drain the beans and place in a large pot with two quarts of water.
    3. 3
      Pin the bay leaf to the onion with the clove and add to the pot.
    4. 4
      Add beans and garlic.
    5. 5
      Gradually bring beans to a boil, skimming off foam.
    6. 6
      Reduce heat and gently simmer the beans uncovered until tender, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, adding salt to taste during the last ten minutes.
    7. 7
      Drain the beans and refresh under cold water.
    8. 8
      Discard the onion, bay leaf, and clove.
    9. 9
      In a large heavy saucepan, bring 2.5 cups of water and 1 tsp salt to a boil.
    10. 10
      Add the rice and return to a boil.
    11. 11
      Gently simmer the rice until tender, about 18 minutes.
    12. 12
      Let the rice sit uncovered for 5 minutes and fluff with a fork.
    13. 13
      Heat oil in a large, heavy frying pan.
    14. 14
      Add onion and brown well, about 5 minutes.
    15. 15
      Add rice and beans and cook until very aromatic and the rice starts to brown, about 5 minutes.
    16. 16
      Correct the seasonings and serve.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 18, 2012


      Very yummy -- my family also commented over & over again about how good this smelled as it was cooking. I used pre-minced garlic (the kind in a jar) and it worked just fine. Also very good as left-overs. I will make again. Thanks for posting, and make sure that you make it yourself, SilverOpera! :)

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    • on May 25, 2009


      Never had beans and rice before and was looking for one that used Pinto beans, since that's what I like... Soaked the beans overnight, and I used a pinch of ground clove since I didn't have whole. To make this a meal I added about half a pound of thin slice smoked sausage when it was time to fry the beans and rice together. Wonderful flavor, with depth from the spices. Nothing was overpowering. I will definitely make this again!

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    • on September 19, 2008


      Made this recipe just because it was something different from my usual rice dish! It takes a bit of preparation, but it definitely took neither 7 hours to cook (even if including the 4 hours or more for the beans to soak) nor an hour to prepare ~ Long enough, just not that long! But, that's not as important as the final dish ~ WONDERFUL! I enjoyed the inclusion of both the bay leaf & the clove ~ Subtle; nice! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in the current Pick-A-Chef]

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    Nutritional Facts for Nicaraguan Rice and Beans

    Serving Size: 1 (114 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 304.9
    Calories from Fat 85
    Total Fat 9.4 g
    Saturated Fat 1.3 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 5.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 48.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.3 g
    Sugars 1.3 g
    Protein 6.1 g

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