Wednesday, May 14, 2008
biscuits and beans
we LOVE 'em here. The biscuits were so good at Cowboy Fest that it drove me to bake some up myself. I baked and baked and baked until the recipe was tripled and we had 55 biscuits. Then my secret cowboy beans were made. Now all I need is a dutch oven for mastering peach cobbler!
okay fine, here is my secret beans recipe...
These beans will take a few hours to cook so leave enough time before your bean crazy friends start arriving! It usually serves Manny, Freddy, and I for two days whatever that means!
1 bag of pinto beans (soaked overnight)
1 big pot of water (10-12 cups)
1 stick of butter cubed (I know excessive amount but SO good)
1 medium yellow onion chopped up
6 cloves garlic smashed up
1 can of green chilies
3 tbs. cumin
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 bunch of cilantro
rinse your soaked beans and put them in a pot. along with them add all other ingredients except the cilantro. Put that on the stove and add your water so it covers all your ingredients. cover the pot with a lid and turn the stove on high until it starts boiling then turn down to medium heat and stir. For about the next 4 hours you will need to stir the beans pretty much every 45 minutes. make sure there is always enough water covering all the ingredients. if the water gets low add more. for the last 30 minutes of cooking add the cilantro. why add it last? because it turns brown and lifeless if you add it in the beginning! pretty much that is it. If your beans are still tough and hard cook it longer! I serve them with shredded cheese, Tapatio, and biscuits of course.
the biscuits are just a simple recipe
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tbs. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbs. sugar
1/2 cup cold butter
3/4 cup milk
1 large egg (slightly beaten)
preheat your oven to 400 degrees. mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. cut the butter into the flour mix until it turns to coarse crumbs. add the milk and egg and stir until just combined. use a floured surface and knead the dough gently until it comes together. make sure not to knead too much though or your flakiness will lack. pat out your dough so it is a 1/2 inch thick. cut out biscuits with a round cookie cutter and place on a ungreased baking sheet. bake for about 10-15 minutes on high rack. serve with butter and strawberry jam!