Thursday, February 19, 2009

Beer-Glazed Black Beans with Grape Tomatoes


These beans make the house smell amazing! It's the beer. And the garlic and molasses. But mostly the beer. They taste like sweet barbecued beans that baked for an hour, but they are prepared in a skillet in much less time. They are good on their own, as a topping for nachos, or as the protein in a grain and veggie bowl. The recipe is from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, and also can be found here. I substituted molasses for honey, used an entire can of beer, and added chopped grape tomatoes at the same time as the beans. See the pretty red color the sauteed tomatoes add? I'll definitely make this dish again when I want quick-to-cook beans in a sweet sauce.

22 comments:

  1. This looks like something I would make so of course I think you are a genius. Black beans are SO healthy ANd tasty! I love your flavor combinations, sounds tasty.

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  2. How do you feel about the Bittman book? I was tempted to add it to my list, but he's not very kind (verbally) to vegans, so I was a little put off. Beans & beer, though, got me wondering if I had the guy all wrong...

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  3. Yum. I've made beer beans with white baked-style beans, but never black beans. That sounds heavenly!

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  4. I have got to get with it and try some cooking with alcohol. I always loved beer battered mushrooms and drunken beans, so I have got to stop putting these off!

    I love the addition of the grape tomatoes, besides loving tomatoes, they add a wonderful punch of color.

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  5. Okay you! Another twist on beans, loving it. Again my son loves baked beans and I'll have to give these ago.

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  6. you had me at beer! mmmmmmmm, beer! hoooooray! totally going to be making these! thanks so much, Lisa!

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  7. I just made these and they were SO GOOD! And so easy. I think these are going to go into heavy rotation in my house.

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  8. Mmm, beer beans. These look wonderful!

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  9. What a great idea! I'm definitely a fan of Bittman's book but haven't had the chance to try out any of his suggestions. Seeing this recipe, I can't wait until I get the chance :)

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  10. The tomoatoes add a gorgeous touch of red!

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  11. Beans and beer, I love it! I like Mark Bittman - with the vegetarian book, and in his NY Times columns, he's a good advocate for at least reducing meat consumption, and I'm glad a ton of readers are exposed to his message.

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  12. Thanks for all the interesting and nice comments everyone!
    Shelly, I just got the book so I can't give it much of a review yet, but at a glance there are many vegan variations included in the recipes. Bittman's column is also pro-veg frequently, encouraging people to consider the environmental impact and reduce meat consumption.

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  13. My honey is a huge fan of beer and I bet he'd love these. I'm not fussy on beer, but I'd be willing to try it cooked into this.

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