Black Beans and Collard Greens artsoulblog.com

You asked for it.  You wanted it.  You got it. 

Not much here that will benefit you in starting out.  Just a yummy dish.  I love Caribbean food, Brazilian food, and Asian food.  I’m a foodie.  I love eating out; and I love to cook.  

One of my favorite things is to find a dish I like while eating out, and then try to recreate it at home.  Sometimes, I succeed straight away.  Other times, well, my poor husband has to choke down and try to keep down something pretty awful, as was the case with the first time I tried making farofa.  He basically ate flour for dinner.  Yep.  That’s right.  

The next time I tried wasn’t any better.  I served him dough.  Yep.  That’s right.  But the third time…as always, that was the charm.  

So now, any day of the week, you can pretty much open my freezer and find a container of farofa.  I make it ahead of time for easy burrito preparation on the day my husband comes home and requests my black bean and collard green burritos.  Yep.  That’s right.  He requests them.  

So, here’s what you’ll need:

Farofa:

2 C Cassava Flour

One large onion

1 T Olive Oil

8 T Butter

1 C diced black olives

And as much of the following as you prefer:

Rice

Collard Greens

Black Beans

Tortillas

Sounds simple.  And it is, for the most part.  

Step one:  cook your rice according to the directions on the package.

Step two:  make your farofa.  Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-low heat.  Add the onions and cook until golden, about 10 minutes..  Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 more minutes…see note below.  Stir in black olives

If it turns out looking like sand, you’ve done gone and done it right.  If it looks like peanut butter, not so much.  No need to toss it.  Simply take a handful and place it in a food processor and slowly add more flour until you get the desired texture.  Repeat on new small batches.  

Step three:  cut your collard greens and saute them in a saute pan with olive oil.  Not long.  Just long enough to soften and warm them a little.

Step four:  heat the black beans in a pan.

Step five:  mix the 1/2 cup black beans, 1/4 cup farofa, 1/2 cup rice and some collard greens together.  Roll up in a couple of tortillas.

You can find Yucca flour here