Black Beans with Kale & Ham

11 Feb

black-beans

Found this recipe on the Whole Foods site – easy and deee-lish!

Black Beans with Kale & Ham – Serves 6 to 8

This very simple dish provides an inexpensive hearty alternative to simple beans and is great as a main course on a cold night.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 (1/2-pound) piece cooked ham, cut into small cubes
2 bunches kale (about 1 pound total), stemmed and roughly chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 (15-ounce) cans black beans (no salt added), rinsed & drained, divided
2 cups water
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder, more to taste (optional)
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar

Method

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add ham and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer ham to a small bowl; set aside. Add kale, salt and pepper to pot and cook, tossing often, until just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl; set aside.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in pot then add onions. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up any browned bits, until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Meanwhile, put 1/3 of the beans and all of the water into a blender and purée until smooth; set aside.
When onions are golden brown, add whole beans, chili powder, sugar, reserved ham, puréed bean mixture and salt and pepper to pot, stir well and bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Cover pot, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in reserved kale and serve.

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