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                            Blades’s Black Beans
 
 Recipe By     : Rueben Blades recipe/tpogue@idsonline.com
 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
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   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1      pound         black beans -- dried
    6      cups          chicken stock
    4      tablespoons   olive oil
    1      cup           yellow onion -- minced
    1                    plum tomatoes -- chopped
      1/2  cup           green bell pepper -- minced
      1/4  cup           cilantro -- chopped
    1      tablespoon    balsamic vinegar
    1      tablespoon    sugar
    2      teaspoons     soy sauce
    1 1/2  teaspoons     oregano
      1/8  teaspoon      lemon pepper seasoning
    1      clove         garlic -- minced
      1/4  pound         ham -- in 1/2 pieces
                         salt to taste
                         sour cream and cilantro sprigs, for
                         garnish
 
 1. Soak the beans overnight in cold water. Drain.
 2. Place the beans in a large, heavy pot,cover with water and simmer for four h
 ours, adding some stock to cover the beans as the liquid is reduced.
 3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Saute the onion 
 until golden, then add the remaining ingredients except the ham, salt and garni
 shes. Simmer for three minutes, stirring.
 4. Stir the ham and the contents of the skillet into the beans. Simmer, covered
 , for two hours, stirring and adding more stock to cover the beans as necessary
 .
 5. Season with salt and serve with sour cream and sprigs of cilantro.
 
 
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 Per serving (excluding unknown items): 318 Calories; 9g Fat (27% calories from 
 fat); 16g Protein; 42g Carbohydrate; 8mg Cholesterol; 1890mg Sodium
 
 Serving Ideas : A Note: Remember not to salt beans before they are cooked.
 
 NOTES : This is the recipe of the actor Ruben Blades.