Monday, November 9, 2009

Rosemary Refried Beans

I had dinner at a friends house the other day and she served these beans. I loved them

Rosemary infused oil*
1 red onion, coarsely chopped
3 or 4 cans beans, mostly drained
Salt to taste

Saute onion in oil. Add beans. Simmer until beans begin to break down and create a paste. This takes a while, be patient. Salt to taste near the end

*You can make your own herb oil infusions at home. Heat oil over low heat until it is just warm, do not let it sizzle. Add the fresh herbs and remove from heat. Pour into a jar and refrigerate over night.

Other herbs this is great with are: basil, oregano, and cilantro. You can also add more than one type of herb for more flavor. Add grated cheese to to create a dipping oil. Cheeses that work great are parmesan, pecorino, and asiago

I like to serve refried beans, and flavored (or dipping) oils, with a whole wheat flat bread, to use with either, for dinner. I accompany it with a salad for a complete meal

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