Black-eye Beans (canned in water) 400g
Black-eye beans are a small, creamy-flavoured bean – notable for the black ‘scar’ where they were joined to the pod. They are used widely in American and African cooking, and are the essential ingredient in a traditional southern-style dish known as Hoppin’ John – a tasty mix of black-eye beans, bacon, seasoning and white rice.
Here are some of our favourite recipe suggestions using Black-eye Beans:
- Beef, black-eyed bean and plantain hotpot
- 350g/12oz dried black-eyed beans
- 900g/2lb sirloin steak, cut into 1cm/½ in cubes
- 325ml/11½fl oz vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 4cm/2in piece fresh root ginger, grated
- 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
- 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
- 2 tbsp tomato purée
- 2 beef stock cubes
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 Scotch bonnet chilli, chopped
- 3 ripe plantain, peeled and sliced
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cook the dried beans in a large pan filled with boiling water for approximately 20 minutes until softened. Drain and set them aside.
Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large casserole dish and brown the beef on all sides over a medium heat. Remove and set it aside.
Next, heat 100ml/3½fl oz oil in the same pan and fry the onions for 2–3 minutes, until slightly softened. Add the ginger, garlic and dried chilli flakes and stir. Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato purée, stock cubes, thyme and Scotch bonnet chillies and season with salt and pepper. Cook the tomatoes for 10 minutes before adding the beef and beans and cooking on low for 45–60 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While the stew cooks, heat the remaining oil in a deep frying pan and shallow fry the plantain slices in batches for 2–3 on each side until golden-brown. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain. Top the stew with the plantains before serving.
- Jackfruit and bean chilli
- Vegetable fajitas
- Lentil, bean and kale salad
- Vegan black-eye bean curry
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