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How to Cook Dry Beans Plus a Recipe
Beans and Greens with Lemon and Feta
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 2-3
  • ½ lb cranberry beans (or pinto beans)
  • 2 carrots, peeled
  • half of an onion, peel on (ends trimmed)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tsp morton's kosher salt or 1 tbsp diamond kosher salt
  • 1 bunch chopped swiss chard, stems removed
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • juice of half a lemon
  • ½ tbsp crushed cumin seeds (or 1 tsp ground cumin)
  • ¼ cup olive oil plus some for drizzling
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  1. Cover the beans in a large bowl with 5 inches of water (about 6 cups) and soak overnight for 8 hours or during the day while you're at work. If you don't have time to soak them, you can place the beans in a large pot, cover them with two inches of water, add 1 tbsp kosher salt, and bring to a boil. Boil rapidly for 2 minutes then remove the pot from heat, and let them sit covered with the lid for one hour.
  2. Once your beans are soaked, add the beans and their soaking liquid to a large pot. Add the carrots, onion, bay, garlic clove (peel and all), and salt. Bring to a rolling boil. Boil for ten minutes then turn the heat to medium until beans are simmering. Simmer uncovered for an hour or until the beans are tender and creamy inside. Check on them periodically, adding a cup or two of water if they begin to dry out. Beans should always be submerged in at least two cups of water throughout.
  3. Once the beans are tender and there are about two cups of liquid remaining, taste for salt. Once salted to your taste, remove the carrots, onion, bay leaf, and garlic with a slotted spoon and discard. Then add the swiss chard, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, cumin seeds, and olive oil, simmering over medium until the chard is wilted, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Serve into bowls and top with feta cheese. You may also serve with bread for dipping.
Recipe by Tastemaker Blog at https://tastemakerblog.com/2021/01/13/how-to-cook-dry-beans-plus-a-recipe/