Beer-braised beans

Beer-braised beans

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From
Cantina
Serves
6
Photographer
Chris Middleton

These beer-braised beans are a fun Tex–Mex dish and they have a nice kick. The beer is a good bitter– sweet addition. Select red ale or dark beer for a richer taste. These beans are great for breakfast with barbecued meats and ribs – think boozy baked beans to start the day!

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g borlotti beans, soaked in cold water for at least 4 hours, or overnight
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Barbecue sauce

Quantity Ingredient
250ml beer
1 onion, finely chopped
60ml honey
250g tinned chopped tomatoes
250ml tomato sauce
125ml freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons english mustard
2 teaspoons spanish smoked paprika
2 teaspoons tamarind paste
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
sea salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method

  1. Drain and rinse the beans and place them in a large saucepan. Cover with 4 times their quantity of water, add the bicarbonate of soda and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour, or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, to make the barbecue sauce, combine the beer, onion and honey in a medium heavy-based saucepan and simmer over medium–low heat for 10 minutes, or until reduced by half to make a rich glaze. Add the remaining ingredients and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, for a further 15 minutes, or until reduced to a thick rich sauce. Transfer to a food processor or blender and purée. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve.
  3. Drain the beans and return to the pan. Pour in the sauce and stir to coat. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Tags:
Latin
Mexican
Mexico
Cantina
Paul Wilson
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