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                              BLACK BEAN PESTO
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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Condiments                       Beans
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    8       oz           Dried black beans
    1                    Water
    1                    Bay leaf
    1                    Ham hock
    2                    Jalapeno peppers, seeded
    2       cl           Garlic
                         Stems from 1 bunch of
                         -cilantro (fresh coriander)
                         Salt and freshly ground
                         -pepper (optional)
   1.  Rinse and drain the beans thoroughly.  Place them in a large saucepan
   or soup kettle, and add all the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil,
   then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1-1/2 hours. 2. Remove and
   discard the ham hock and bay leaf.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer the
   bean mixture, in batches, to the bowl of a food processor. Process, adding
   cooking liquid as necessary to form a smooth, thick paste. You will use a
   total of about 1 cup liquid. 3. Transfer the pesto to a bowl and stir in
   the salt and pepper, if needed. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to use.
   This will keep in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Makes 3 cups. Author’s
   note:  These beans make a hot and spicy spread.  Also use them in place of
   the red bean paste in the Three Layer Mexican Dip, or serve them in fajitas
   or on nachos.  Black Bean Pesto can also be heated through and served as a
   side dish, garnished with sour cream and cilantro. Source: The New Basics
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