Smokey Black Beans On Toast

Smokey Black Beans On Toast

Well posh and nutritious take on beans on toast from the divine food blogger Melissa St Hill of The Bare Scientist.  

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

3/4 cup dried black beans soaked overnight (or use canned)

1 medium white/yellow onion roughly chopped

1 large clove smoked garlic minced (normal garlic is fine if you can’t get your hands on smoked garlic)

8 large cherry tomatoes or two medium salad tomatoes

2 tablespoon sweetener (maple syrup works well in this)

1/2 each red and yellow bell pepper

1/4 cup tomato purée 

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 tablespoon soy sauce

100gram cavolo nero

Salt, black pepper, chilli powder and dried mixed herbs to taste (as a rough guide, I use about 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp chilli powder and 1/4 cup dried mixed herbs)

A few sprigs of fresh thyme

Method

1: If using dried beans, wash and soak overnight then in a pan boil on a medium-high heat for approximately 45mins or until cooked. Keep an eye on the beans and top up with water as and when necessary. 

2: Once the beans are soft enough to pierce with a fork, drain and set aside. 

3: Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat.

4: Add the roughly chopped onions, cooking until translucent, then add minced garlic, salt, pepper, dried mixed herbs and black beans. 

5: Follow by adding soy sauce and stir in. 

6: Add 300mililitres water and leave to simmer on a medium heat for 15 minutes.

7: Add in roughly chopped bell peppers (about a square inch as they are nice left chunky in this dish) and whole cherry tomatoes, followed by tomato purée, sweetener and smoked paprika.

8: Stir thoroughly and season to taste, adding buds of fresh thyme and roughly washed and chopped cavolo nero.

9: Leave the sauce to reduce and develop flavour for a further 15 minutes and cavolo nero to soften.

10: Serve up on freshly toasted bread adding extra fresh thyme for garnish.



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