Jules’ Diner – Bean Stew

julesdinerOkay, okay.  So I surf food blogs.  I’m a foodie.  It’s what I do.  And, I found this mouth-watering blog featuring Portuguese recipes. Somebody stop me!  I really wanted to make the Bean Stew, but it was Sunday and I couldn’t get my hands on some of the more specialized ingredients.  So…I adapted.  It’s what I do.  I put together the following with what I had on hand.  It was what we call a “happy accident”.  Absolutely delicious.

Note:  This is not authentic.  It’s a knock-off.  But, it is good.

Bean Stew
1 yellow onion, diced
1/2 pkg (about 6-7 slices) smoked bacon, diced
3-4 tbsp olive oil
2-3 cloves minced garlic
1 cup dried parsley (yes, a cup)
1-2 tbsp sweet paprika
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1 cup cubed ham
2 cans pinto beans, undrained (or you can soak and boil dry beans if you like)
2 cans great northern beans, undrained (ditto)
1 quart chicken stock
1/2 lemon, juiced
Salt & pepper to taste

In large stock pot saute’ the diced bacon till rendered down.  Add yellow onion and olive oil and saute’ till onion is translucent.  Add garlic, parsley, paprika and red pepper flakes.  Turn heat to low and simmer 5 minutes.  Add cubed ham, beans and chicken stock.  Bring just to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 1-2 hours.  Add lemon juice and season to taste.

Serve with sweet cornbread.

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