Jose's Black Beans and Rice
Black Beans:
  • 1pound sprouted black beans
  • 6 thick bacon slices, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2quarts chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2teaspoon ground cumin
Fried Plantain and Mojo
  • lard
  • 1 plantain, cut into ½" cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1/2cup olive oil
  • 7 garlic cloves
  • 2 shallots, coarsely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1tablespoon olive oil
  • 1tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 2tablespoons roasted red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1tablespoon tomato paste
  • Hot cooked sprouted brown rice
  1. Prepare Beans: Place beans in a large Dutch oven; add filtered water to depth of 2 inches above beans. Bring to a boil.
  2. Boil 1 minute; cover, remove from heat, and let stand 1 hour. Drain.
  3. Cook bacon in Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring often, 8–10 minutes or until crisp.
  4. Remove bacon and drain on paper towels; reserve drippings in Dutch oven.
  5. Add onion, 3 garlic cloves, and red bell pepper to hot drippings; cook, stirring often, 10 minutes or until tender.
  6. Add stock, next 3 ingredients, and beans; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 2 hours or until beans are tender.
  8. Meanwhile, prepare Plantain: Melt lard to depth of 1 inch in a 10" cast–iron skillet; heat to 340 degrees.
  9. Fry plantain 2–3 minutes or until golden.
  10. Drain on paper towels.
  11. Prepare Mojo: Stir together 2 garlic cloves and next 3 ingredients.
  12. Heat ½ cup olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat 2 3 minutes; whisk into juice mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  13. Prepare Sofrito: Pulse 7 garlic cloves and next 3 ingredients in a food processor until finely chopped.
  14. Saute garlic mixture in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil (or coconut oil) in a medium saucepan over medium–high heat 5–7 minutes.
  15. Add paprika and next 3 ingredients; sauté 1 minute.
  16. Spoon desired amount hot cooked sprouted brown rice onto individual serving plates. Top each with 1 cup black bean mixture and 1 tablespoon Sofrito.
  17. Drizzle each with a tablespoon Mojo. Sprinkle with bacon and plantain cubes.