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BlackBean Supreme Recipe

Several people have asked me for my recipe for Black Bean (Supreme) soup.

 No worries. Here you go:


1 lb dried black beans

Water to cover beans in pot

1 green pepper, seeded and quartered

2 bay leaves

1 tbsp dried cilantro leaves 

1+lb smoked pork hocks

2 tbsp minced garlic

1/8 tsp baking soda

1 tsp kosher salt

Soak beans in a saucepan/stockpot overnight. Ensure that there is at least 3" water over top of beans at the beginning of soaking. Add more so that beans are completely immersed as needed.  After soaking put pepper, bay leaves, pig parts (pork), garlic, baking soda and salt on the stovetop and bring to a mild simmer. Skim the scum as it forms with a spoon. Let cook for 1.5-2hrs. Remove bay leaves and peppers and throw them away. Pull pork from the pot, remove meat from bone (should be tender enough to pull easily by hand; if not, cook it s'more) and set aside.

2 onions, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

1 rib celery, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

5-6 slices bacon

1 Tb cumin

2 Tb dried basil

1Tb ground chipotle

1 Tb Adobo pepper, ground

1/4 c salsa

~1 quart Swanson's chicken stock

Slice bacon into 1" pieces and fry in a pan large enough to accommodate all of these ingredients. Fry bacon to the boundary of flimsy and crisping. Chuck onions, pepper, celery into bacon grease and cook until soft. Add fresh minced garlic, cumin, basil, chipotle, adobo and salsa to the mix and cook for another 3-4 mins. Add chicken stock and let boil.

Add this mixture to the beans/water in the larger pan, stir and let simmer, uncovered, for another 45 mins or so. 

1/4 cup cooking sherry

1 bunch fresh cilantro, top 2/3 minced

Add sherry and cilantro to the mix. Stir the cauldron.

 Remove 4 cups of bean/broth mix and put in blender. BE CAREFUL WHEN BLENDERIZING HOT LIQUIDS. I'VE PAINTED MY KITCHEN WITH PUREE MORE THAN ONCE. Puree into a muddy mix (eeew!). Return this to the bean pot. Add pork. 


Garnish with dollop of sour cream, grated cheese and/or diced red onion.

Wipe the drizzly bits off your chin before you ask for seconds. 


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