BEAN STEW WITH SMOKED BACON
- 500 g dried beans
- 200 g smoked bacon, diced
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, diced
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 1 teaspoon whole black pepper
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1/2 teaspoon dry thyme
Soak dried beans in cold water for 5-6 hours or over the night. Boil beans 15-20 minutes in 4 l hot water with 1 teaspoon baking soda. Drain, then repeat the procedure without adding baking soda. Drain again.
Meanwhile fry onion and bacon in hot oil, in a pan, until onion becomes transparent. Add drained beans, carrot, bay leaves, pepper, salt, thyme, and enough hot water to cover well the beans. Let it boil covered, stirring gently from time to time. If the sauce becomes too thick before the beans are soft, add some water. When beans are ready, add tomato paste, stir very gently, and boil for no more than 5 minutes. Serve hot with fried smoked sausages, lettuce salad and onion.
Tip: use a pan with thick bottom.
Don`t add too much water from the beginning because the sauce will be in excess and too thin. The baking soda is used to reduce the stomach