One of my favorite meals from childhood was "Brown" beans and cornbread. Funny, I never realized until I started blogging how we never called beans by their real names but by colors: Brown beans = Pintos, White beans = navy, Black beans = Cuban. Still a favorite meal, I like them just as well meatless as with ham or sausage added and my favorite way to cook them is in the crockpot. Interestingly, I did a small experiment a few years ago and found that, in the crockpot, soaking the beans overnight doesn't make more than a 15-30 minute cooking time difference. So I don't bother anymore. I work nights so usually when I make them, I come in from work in the morning, throw them together in the slow cooker (takes about 5 minutes!) and wake up to the lovely smell of beans and cumin. Tasty, not to mention so very good for me!
Pinto "Brown" Beans & Cornbread
Recipe by Glenna Anderson Muse
Makes 8 cups
1 lb dried Pinto beans, washed and picked over
32 oz Chicken or Vegetable broth
1 medium onion, small diced
1 rib celery, small diced
1 Tbsp ground Cumin
1 tsp red pepper flakes (more to taste)
2 tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
Optional: 8 oz ham, diced
Garnish: additional raw diced onion, sliced jalapenos, or more red pepper flakes
1) Dump all the ingredients into a 4 qt slow cooker. Fill cooker up with water until beans are covered by 3 inches.
2) Cook on High for at 6-8 hours.
Makes 6 muffins
1 cup coarse ground yellow or blue cornmeal
1 cup all purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp vegetable oil or melted butter
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
1) Mix together dry (first five) ingredients and set aside.
2) Whisk together rest of ingredients.
3) Add dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. There may be small lumps.
4) Prepare muffin tin by generously spraying with cooking spray. Fill batter in muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until nice browned and top springs back to the touch.
Nutrition per 1 1/2 cups beans (without ham) and 1 cornbread muffin: Calories: 385; Protein: 21; Carbs: 69; Fat: 7; Fiber: 22;