Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bruine bonen met zoutvlees

Bruine bonen met zoutvlees; 'brown beans and salted beef' is a classic Surinamese dish. 

First you have to boil the salted beef for about 30 minutes to soften the meat and discard most of the salt. After you have boiled the meat, cut it in small cubes.

In the meantime fry in oil some onion rings and garlic. Most recipes call of a stock cube at this point but you need to skip this; the dish will be too salty in my opinion. Add the beef and fry for 10 minutes. Add a few spoons of tomato puree, some halved fresh tomatoes, fry for a couple of minutes, and add can of beans. Instead of brown beans I used kidney beans. Add a glass of water or (optional) beef stock. Add bay leaf, pimento, a Madame Jeantte pepper and simmer for 30 minutes. Garnish with fresh leaf celery and/or add some sprigs of celery while cooking.

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