Recipe Difficulty: Easy
Cuban black beans, also known as frijoles negros, have a long history in Cuban cuisine. The dish is believed to have originated with the indigenous Taíno people, who were the original inhabitants of Cuba before the arrival of the Spanish. They used to prepare a bean stew similar to the current black bean dishes.
My Black Beans & Rice Recipe Notes
The first time I had black beans like this was at a Cuban Restaurant in Florida. I fell in love with Cuban food instantly. The combination of Black Beans with Chimichurri is absolutely delicious and It's a meal that I've been making for years now. It's super healthy, packs a flavour punch and is super easy to prepare.....not to mention easy on the wallet. It's also somehow just really satisfying food. I feel like I'm treating myself when I eat this meal. You can serve the black beans over rice, or just mix roughly equal parts cooked rice and black beans together and serve it that way. (I gravitate towards mixing them together) I typically eat brown rice at home because it has more fiber and nutrients than white rice, plus it's delicious. I made 2 cups of rice and that was too much. Guessing more like 1 to 1 1/2 cups of rice would be plenty.
I like lots of chimichurri. I ate my black beans and brown rice with oven roasted plantains that definitely want chimichurri for dipping, and I also made a simple fresh pineapple & avocado salad with a cumin lime vinaigrette, chili and mint. All three dishes compliment each other beautifully. You really want to mix and match bites. I use my hands and pick up big pieces of pineapple or roasted plantain and scoop up the black bean & rice mixture with the chimi *SWOON*. I also added some pickled jalapenos on the side and just added a bit to different bites as well for added heat. DELISH!
Dumplings are a bit more time consuming than some cooking projects one might tackle, but I don't necessarily think that this means they are incredibly difficult. If you are new to making dumplings I think you can definitely pull it off! It might take a few tries to get them looking pretty with the different folding techniques, but even weird looking ones will taste delicious. There is something really special about making dumplings. They seem so wholesome to me, definitely a labour of love. There are a lot of possibilities when it comes to what you fill your dumplings with. The recipe for my filling is simple and I really like it. Tofu, mushroom, cabbage, scallion and radish seasoned with gochujang, garlic, ginger, sesame, soy & rice wine vinegar.
3 WAYS To Cook Dumplings
Dumplings are delicious pan fried, steamed, or simmered in a brothy soup.
1. Pan-fried dumplings are what I prepare most frequently. Simple and delicious. Hard to resist the combination of golden brown dumplings with chewy texture an delicious filling.
2.Steamed dumplings are undoubtedly healthier, and also a tasty option. They will have a "cleaner" taste if that makes sense, allowing the flavours of the filling to really take center stage. A chewy texture dipped into your favourite sauce. yum! You can buy steamer baskets really inexpensively in most asian grocery stores, and of course online.
3. Simmered in Broth/Soup. Popping your frozen dumplings into a simmering tasty broth is also a really delicious and easy option. I hope I have a soup recipe on my blog sooner than later, because I made a first trial several months ago and it was excellent. Which is what is pictured below. An umami broth with miso, sesame, soy, garlic, and a bit of rice wine vinegar for acidity, the hot chewy dumplings, nori to garnish. Honestly you could pop them into your fav miso soup and that would be good too.
1. How to Panfry Dumplings
To pan-fry dumplings, you will need a skillet or wok with a lid, and some oil (vegetable, canola, or peanut oil work well). The picture above are the dumplings flipped over after they've been cooked. Technically the proper way to panfry dumplings is to brown on one side, leave them browned side down in the pan, and finish cooking them by steaming.
When purchasing a Wok look for a good quality carbon steel option. They aren't all super cheap, but buy the best you can afford for a beautiful piece of kitchen equipment. The one I have isn't high-end by any means, but at some point I would love to have one that is really high quality. They look like a piece of art to me!!
2. How To Steam Dumplings
To steam dumplings, you will need a steamer basket with a lid, and a pot or wok big enough to hold the basket.
3. How To Cook Dumplings In a Soup
To cook dumplings in a soup, you will need a pot or a large saucepan with a lid, and your desired ingredients for the soup.
How to make Dumpling Dough at Home.
How to Fold Dumplings
How to Fold Dumplings Video
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