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                       FRIJOLES NEGROS (BLACK BEANS)
 Recipe By     : www.bpe.com/food/recipes/sosa/cubana/index.html
 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :
 Categories    : Side Dishes                      Cuban
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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   12      ounces        uncooked black beans
    2                    bay leaves
      1/2  medium        onion -- chopped
      1/2  medium        green pepper -- chopped
    3      cloves        garlic -- finely chopped
    3      tablespoons   olive oil
      1/2  teaspoon      oregano
      1/4  teaspoon      ground pepper
    1      teaspoon      salt
    4      teaspoons     sugar
 1.  Soak beans in a large (covered) soup pot, with enough water to cover the
 beans, for at least six to eight hours.  Add two bay leaves and a few drops of
 olive oil to the water.
 2.  Cook the beans over high heat for 90 minutes, checking frequently to see
 that there is enough water in the pot.  The water should always cover the
 3.  Once the beans are tender, prepare a sofrito by combining the onion, green
 pepper, garlic, oregano, ground pepper and olive oil in a small frying pan.
 Cook over medium-high heat for six to eight minutes, stirring frequently.
 4.  Add the sofrito to the black beans, reducing the heat on the beans to low.
 Mix the sofrito well with the beans, pressing some of the beans with a slotted
 spoon so that the flavors will soak in.  Add the salt and sugar to the beans
 and simmer for half an hour.  Remove bay leaves and serve.
 Notes: La Cocina Cubana - Miami’s Little Havanna District,
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