When it comes to grilling season, I'm always game to try a new bean recipes-- to set along side grilled meats. My guests appreciate them, too, and this recipe is no exception. I've always wanted to see if I could make my own Texas Ranch Style Beans.
The first place I searched was one of my favorite cookbooks, "The Homesick Texan" (author/blogger: Lisa Fain). I came up with nothing-- until I searched her blog . Lo and behold, she had created her own version and I decided to try her recipe. I've made a few of her recipes with success (like her Breakfast Migas--yum).
I have nothing against canned beans. But, dried beans are inexpensive and I don't mind giving them an overnight soaking. I do add baking soda, myself, during the soaking process to help-- ahem-- with the after-effects of eating fiber laden beans. (There's a quick soak method, too.)
For spices/aromatics, we'll need brown sugar, paprika, cumin and dried oregano and 15 ounces of tomatoes. We'll need some apple cider vinegar. Plenty of garlic and onion is needed, too-- like one big onion and six cloves of fresh garlic.
To the soaked beans, six cups of beef broth is added...
NOTE: Before you ask if you can cook these in a slow cooker, I would say "no". I believe that dried beans need to be slow simmered, on the stove. Otherwise, you risk them being undercooked-- which isn't a pleasant texture. At some point, I'll try to adapt these using my digital pressure cooker.
Dear Readers/Fellow Bloggers & Friends-- I am digging deep into my archives of unpublished recipes. As of today, I'm still not able to cook or bake. From the depths of my heart and soul, I thank all of you who left comments about my recent knee surgery. Many of you were very new to me, and I'm so pleased to meet you! You encouragement lifted my spirits, immensely. I'm at "T" minus 14 days until I must return to my job. It's going to be a long road, ahead, for me to be able to stand for lengths at a time. I'm becoming more confident in getting around, but my walker or cane is close at hand. I'm still unable to walk without any kind of assistance.
I weighed myself, yesterday, and I've lost nine pounds! My appetite is much smaller than usual, and I'm pretty much at the mercy of my husband... who still hates to cook, but does the best he can for me. I'm going to try and get back into the kitchen, but I'm not sure I can balance my walker/cane and camera. I'll give it a good try!
I'm in much better spirits, gaining strength every day and have a love/hate relationship with my physical therapy sessions (in my home). I can hardly wait to get the green light from my orthopedic surgeon to get into some water therapy. This is where I feel most confident. Soon!
A printable recipe is at the end of this post, as always.
I love the Food Blogger Community-- you are such loving and supportive folks.