Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Refried Beans with Bacon

2 strips bacon, sliced
1/2 medium onion, diced
2/3 cup chicken broth
1/4 tsp. cumin
1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
salt and pepper
Shredded or grated manchego cheese, sliced scallions or chopped cilantro

Heat a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat and add the bacon. Fry until the bacon is cooked and starting to crisp. If you are using excessively fatty bacon, you may want to pour off some of the drippings. Otherwise, leave everythingg in there as-is.

To the pan, add the onion and cook until tender. Stir in the garlic until fragrant, and tehn the chicken broth, cumin, beans, and salt and pepper to taste. bring the mixture to a light boil and continue to simmer for 10 minutes (or for as long as you want, if you want to time it with your main dish).

Use a bean masher to press down on the beans, and mash to your desired consistency (adding more broth if necessary). Once plated, top with the cheese and sliced scallions or cilantro.

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