Dry Loose White NAVY Beans
Medium Grain Rice
Pickled Jalapeno Peppers
Tabasco Coarse Ground Mustard
This is a simple and a fairly cheap meal, but if done right is very delicious believe it or not.
I will say that you have to use Navy White Beans, and NOT Great Northern.
I find that Navy Beans have a better taste, so that is why I am advising this.
Soak your beans overnight for 12-36 hours and change your water at the halfway point of soaking.
Line the bottom of a medium to large pot with cooking oil and add the black pepper (use a liberal amount), onion powder, garlic powder and a little salt.
Eyeball your spices. The more beans you are cooking, the more spices you will need!
Place on a slightly high fire until the base is ever-so-slightly carmelized.
Reduce fire then add beans and water. Make sure you have enough water for the beans to swim deeply in.
Stir the mixture thoroughly, then cover.
Continue stirring occasionally.
It is optional to mash some of your beans against the inside of the pot as they get softer. This creates a thick gravy and makes the beans creamy.
Add more black pepper and salt to taste.
This may take 1 to 5 hours of cooking time, whether you are feeding yourself or you could be cooking on Navy Battle Ship (if so, thank you for your service!)
I frequently taste the food I am cooking and you should too so you can know when the beans are soft enough and the flavors are just right.
As the beans are finishing, draw water into another medium to large pot and add a few more drops of cooking oil.
Bring the water in that pot to a boil.
Boil the medium grain rice for 26 minutes or until soft.
*I misplaced my Casio G-Shock watch, that a durn big mistake! However, many times when cooking rice I employed the countdown timer feature on that watch to precisely cook rice*
Drain the rice and run cold water in your sink whilst doing so. The preserves the seals in your sink drains and therefore will prevent your sink from leaking.
Serve rice over beans and garnish with a liberal amount of pickled jalapeno peppers.
If you really want more flavor, because white beans, I wholeheartedly admit can be quite bland, add the Tabasco Coarse Ground Mustard to individual dishes!