Spanish Cristianos Y Moros ( Beans and Rice Sidedish)

"Another variation on the medieval Spanish classic of the black bean and white rice hot dish. A delicious main dish but it also has an interesting historical significance. This is from the Beans and Grains' cookbook by James McNair. Can be served as a main or side dish."
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  • Soak the dried beans, cook until tender and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, combine all the dressing ingredients and blend well. (This can be done several hours in advance to allow the ingredients to marinate.).
  • Cook the rice until done.
  • Drain the warm beans and transfer 3 cups to a large bowl.
  • Toss the black beans carefully with half of the white onion and half of the dressing.
  • In another bowl, transfer the rice and toss with the remaining onion and dressing.
  • On a large serving platter, arrange the beans on one side and the rice on the other side.
  • Cover and set aside at room temperature for about 1 hour, or refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  • Adjust seasonings if necessary and garnish with red pepper and parsley (or cilantro) if desired.

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  1. Bellinda
    This is a delicious and easy way to make rice and beans. I added the finely chopped onions to the dressing and let them 'marinate' for a while before adding them to the rice and beans. As suggested, I didn't use the whole amount of olive oil. I will definately make this again! Made for zwt5
  2. Mami J
    I scaled this down for 3 servings and my 4 yo son and I really enjoyed it. I used a bit less garlic and lime juice, because it was handy. Thank you for posting! Made for ZWT 5.
  3. *Parsley*
    I never knew rice and beans could be sooooo delicious! I made this just as written (cutting the oil back to 1/2 cup), and wouldn't change a thing! The flavors are amazing. I enjoyed this warm and at room temperature. I mixed some of the chopped cilantro right into the dressing as well as saving some for garnish. Thanx for posting this. I'll be making this a lot.
  4. foodmama
    Very delicious, I did not have red pepper or cilantro but it was still a hit with my husband and kids. I did not use rice I just cooked a pound of black beans and tossed it. I didn't even let it sit. However, it was still delicious. Thanks



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