Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lobio - Georgian Kidney Bean Recipe

In Georgia, cold kidney beans are often served as one of several dishes composing a first course. Serves 6.

1-1/2 cups dry kidney beans
Salt to taste
1/4 cup shelled walnuts
1/2 clove garlic
Cayenne pepper to taste
2 T. wine vinegar
1/3 cup water
1 small onion, minced
1 T. minced parsley
1/4 t. ground coriander

V.S.P. Sort and wash beans. Soak beans in cold water for several hours. To cook, cover beans with fresh water in a saucepan and simmer slowly until soft, adding small amounts of boiling water as needed. When beans are soft, pour off cooking water and salt beans to taste.

Pound walnuts to a paste with garlic clove and cayenne. Blend in vinegar and water. Taking care not to bruise the beans, mix in walnut paste, minced onion and herbs. Chill before serving.

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