*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                           CUBAN BLACK BEAN STEW
 
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 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups                            Low-cal
                 Beans
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1       lb           Black Beans, Uncooked
    1       c            Onion, Chopped
    1       tb           Butter
    4       c            Water
                         Bouillon Cube, Beef
   12       oz           Cooked Lean Ham
    2                    Bay Leaves
      1/2   ts           Thyme
      1/2   ts           Oregano
      1/2   ts           Salt
    1                    Whole Dried Red Pepper
    1       c            Chopped Bell Pepper
      1/3   c            Dark Rum (Optional)
    1       c            Sour Cream (Optional)
 
   Sort and soak beans overnight; drain and discard soak
   water. In a 4-quart pot, saute onion in butter until
   tender but not browned. Add soaked beans, 4 cups
   water, bouillon cube, ham (cut into chunks), bay
   leaves, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper.  Bring to a
   boil, reduce heat. Cover and simmer until beans are
   tender, 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Remove 1 cup of beans from
   pot and mash with a potato masher or fork.  Add mashed
   beans back into pot and stir to thicken.  Remove ham
   chunks and dice. Remove bay leaves and red pepper, if
   used and discard. Add diced ham, green pepper and rum
   to beans. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.  Serve
   beans over rice and top with sour cream if desired.
  
 
 
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