Fake-Fried Black Beans
  • 1 lb. dried black beans
  • Water
  • Salt
  1. Rinse beans with cool water. Add the rinsed beans to a large pot (with a lid) and fill with water until the beans are covered by 2-3 inches. To slow soak: cover and set aside overnight. To quick soak: bring the beans up to a boil over high heat. Allow to boil for two minutes, then cover and remove from heat and allow them to soak for 2 hours.
  2. Once the beans are soaked, add salt. I usually use about 1.5 teaspoons, but you might like more or less. Check that the beans are still covered by at least an inch of water -- if not, add water until you get there. Bring up to a boil over high heat, and reduce to a simmer until the beans are tender. How long they will take to cook depends on the bean, but it should take about 2 hours -- I usually let them go for about an hour and then taste every fifteen minutes or so.
  3. Once the beans are fully cooked and tender, you get to the crazy part: just purée them with the bean juice. I used an immersion blender, which was shockingly easy. If you don't have an immersion blender, remove the beans from heat until they are cool and pour them and their juices into a food processor and blitz until smooth. Taste and adjust for salt. That's it.
  4. Serve hot with cheese and cilantro
Recipe by leighto-greato at http://leightogreato.com/2015/04/06/fake-fried-black-beans/