On Friday night I decided that after a really rough day we needed a Haiti dinner. I made this recipe a year ago about a week after we became parents to not one, not two, but THREE (!!) kids. And Kobe and I loved it and everyone else gagged it down – literally. Well after a year of integrating new and different foods I decided to go out on a limb and try the recipe again. This time I looked around online and then developed my own recipe. I want to document it because I might forget next time and I want to eat this for dinner again soon!!
Haitian Whole Bean Sauce and Rice
Three cans of Beans (I used two cans of dark red kidney beans and one can of Black Beans)
Three boil in the bags of Rice (I used one white rice and two whole grain rice)
One small can of tomato paste
2 + Tablespoons of garlic powder or minced garlic cloves
1 Tablespoon of Cloves
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 Green Pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon Pepper
Sprinkling of Crushed Red Pepper flakes
Dash of ground Cumin
First get everything out. Clean and chop onions and green pepper. Put the onion and peppers in a bowl with garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Set it aside. Drain beans BUT KEEP THE JUICE. Put the beans and liquid in separate bowls (duh that’s what it means to drain them right?). Set them aside. Now warm up a large skillet with olive oil and cloves. Saute the onion, green pepper, and spice mix. Once the onions and peppers turn a light brown add in most of the can of tomato paste and beans, stir around and add a small amount of the bean liquid juice. Let it simmer until the liquid is almost gone. Add the rest of the liquid and simmer.
Boil up a large pot of 12 cups of water (or whatever it says on your box of rice!) drop in the bags of rice.
Serve beans over rice or separately. My kids like to have it separate so they can mix it to taste. They are funny like that. Also, it’s a bit “picey” (as Kobe says) but we like it like that and in fact we (all but Javien) added more pepper and salt to ours. What can I say we like it hot.
Try it. You will like it!
PS: Drink Corona and Lime with your meal. You won’t be sorry.