I discovered a container full of unopened packs of dried beans in our pantry while menu planning last week, and resolved to use some of them! I have never cooked with (or eaten that I know of) black eyed beans so I had no idea what to make with them! I googled and found this recipe which sounded good, and got my beans soaking overnight.
that was on monday and i didn't get to the supermarket to buy the meat part til today LOL (i did drain the beans and put them in the fridge though, they didn't soak til now!)
I made some minor changes to this recipe and it was SOOOOOOO tasty - we loved it! a definite hit in this house!
Black-Eyed Bean Jambalaya
1 Onion, chopped
2 sticks Celery, chopped
1 green and 1/2 red capsicum, seeded and chopped
5-6 shortcut pieces gluten free bacon (or 3 rashers)
Oil for sauteing
2 c Uncooked rice (i used jasmine but would rather use basmati if i had any)
2 1/2 cups water
2 heaped teaspoons chicken stock concentrate, or 2 gluten free stock cubes
1 can diced tomatoes
400g dried black eyed beans, soaked overnight and drained
6-8 sliced of gluten free salami, diced
6 mushrooms, sliced
2 chicken breasts, diced
chillis of your choice, optional (i would use a couple of jalapenos if i could)
Heat oil and add onion, celery and capsicum. fry for a few minutes then add bacon. fry for another 3-5 minutes then add rice. cook for another few minutes and then add water, stock, tomatoes, soaked beans, salami and mushrooms. stir well.
let it come to a boil, lower heat and cover, then leave for 30 minutes. stir well and let stif ro 5 mintues then serve.
so easy and sooooo tasty. i meant to boil the beans before inlcuding them but forgot, but they were the perfect texture - just slightly chewy.