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Caribbean Beans and Rice

Yield 7 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried kidney beans
  • 1/2 pound salt pork
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked long-grain rice
  • 1/2 habanero chile pepper, seeded*
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 green onions, chopped

How to Make It

  1. Place beans in a Dutch oven; add water to 2 inches above beans. Soak 8 hours. Drain and rinse.

  2. Bring beans and next 3 ingredients to a boil in Dutch oven. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until beans are tender. Add rice and next 5 ingredients; return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove and discard pork; stir in green onions.

  3. *2 teaspoons habanero hot sauce may be sustituted for 1/2 habanero chile pepper.