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ISO ideas for getting flavor into cooked beans

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ISO ideas for getting flavor into cooked beans

greygarious | Feb 9, 2009 12:15 PM

I commonly make bean salad, chili, and soups with beans. Lately I've been playing around with cooking soaked dried kidney beans. It's easy to make refried beans or to put them into a flavorful sauce, but ideally I'd like them to be tasty enough to be an appealing side dish on their own. Since salt and acid toughen them, cooking them in broth or tomato is out. I've added onion and garlic to the cooking water and that DOES flavor them a little but they're still rather blah. Is there anything else that can go into the soaking and/or cooking water to give them flavor throughout? (Not a fan of hot peppers, cumin, turmeric or anything remotely anise-like, which rules out fennel, cilantro, and even parsley.)

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