Pork + Beans. They go so well together, don’t they?
I have no special story to go along with this except that which is told by the photos — and since I got a few good ones, I wanted to share.
The unlikely ingredients/friends to traditional campfire pork n’ beans are … well, let’s start with pork chops instead of franks. Then instead of molasses-baked beans, we have chick peas flavored with eggplant puree, and then there’s a salad to freshen it up.
The addition of eggplant wasn’t planned. I’d roasted an eggplant the day before and then didn’t use it, so I pureed it with about 2 tablespoons of tomato paste and decided to use it as a flavor agent.
I wasn’t a Campfire Girl as a child. I never camped out.
If you didn’t have to sleep on the ground surrounded by wildlife, if there was air-conditioning, plumbing and the pork ‘n beans tasted like this, I perhaps could have been persuaded.
PORK + BEANS (and a few of their friends)
- 1 cup chick peas boiled in hot water for 2 minutes and set aside for an hour.
- ½ cup pureed eggplant (1 small eggplant roasted and 1 tbs of tomato paste)
- 1 small carrot minced (for sweetness)
- minced garlic
- bay leaf
- chicken broth
- Brown pork chops with dry seasonings in cast iron pan with olive oil.
- Add chick peas, 1 cup of chicken broth mixed with eggplant puree.
- Bake in oven (350 degrees) for 1-1/2 hours (till beans and pork are fork tender).
Finishing Touch: A salad topping of radicchio, spinach, pitted black olives dressed with evoo and fresh lemon juice.
Note: FOODalogue suggests this recipe as a guide to food pairings and techniques to be experimented with…in your own kitchen…to your own spice and taste levels…and to your preferred portion sizes.
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