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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Cilantro-Lime Rice and Cuban-Style Black Beans

Cilantro Lime Rice

Here are two really easy and insanely flavorful side dishes that went along with the vaca frita with a twist that I will be posting at a later time. These are also really quick and great to have on hand for any time. I imagine they would go great with some grilled chicken or fish for a fast meal.

Cuban-Style Black Beans


Cilantro-Lime Rice
(Adapted from Closet Cooking)

Makes 8+ servings

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups long grained rice
4 cups water
2 handfuls cilantro, chopped
2 limes zested and juiced

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes until the onions have softened. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute. Add the rice and toast in the oil for a few 2-3 minutes.

Add the water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered until tender, about 20 minutes for white rice or 40-50 minutes for brown. Remove from the heat and mix in the cilantro, lime juice and zest.

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Cuban-Style Black Beans
(Adapted from Bon Appetit, September 1997)

Makes 6-8 servings

1/4 cup olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
6 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon dried oregano
3 15- to 16-ounce cans black beans, rinsed, drained
3/4 cup canned vegetable broth or water
1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar

Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic and oregano and sauté until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add 1 cup of beans to pan. Using back of fork, mash beans coarsely. Add remaining beans, broth and vinegar and simmer until mixture thickens and flavors blend, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Mix in sugar, if desired. Season beans to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

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15 comments:

Erica said...

ow! Totally book marking this. I love anything black bean. Again, you make the BEST food :) I feel comforted just looking at it haha.

Are things slowing down over there? Hope your week isn't too cray busy

Pearl said...

oh! looks SO delicious!

Maria said...

What a great meal! I love black beans, great protein source for me!

Jenn said...

Never had lime or cilantro in rice before. Ive got to try that. I'm sure the flavors together are awesome!!!

Helene said...

Those two together that must be such a great dish.

Kathy - Panini Happy said...

Fabulous - thanks for the recipes! Rice and beans are such simple dishes but with the right flavors they can be so satisfying and delicious (no wonder they're staples in so many cultures!).

Juliana said...

Yummie! This rice with cilantro sounds terrific...nice combination with black beans

Kerstin said...

I've been meaning to make that cilantro rice! It looks so good. Black beans are one of my favorite ingredients - yum!

Diana said...

I've been meaning to make Closet Cooking's cilantro lime rice! I need to get some new dishes in my repoirtre (sp?) that don't involve risotto!!!

Mary said...

These are both wonderful recipes. I've never had them together. Time to remedy that!

The Food Librarian said...

I love the Chipotle-like rice! Can't wait to give it a try!!!

Christina Kim said...

i love this rice, it reminds me of the rice they have a Chipotle!

Foodycat said...

Mmm - those beans look JUST my sort of thing!

Kevin said...

I find myself making that cilantro and lime rice over and over again. I have also been wanting to try cuban style beans.

Michelle from Taste As You Go said...

Since I'm addicted to Chipotle's cilantro-lime rice, it's probably better for my wallet if I bookmark your recipe and Kevin's recipe! :)