This 100% vegan version of the cajun classic will fool even the most ardent meat eaters! It's been tested and approved by our Baton Rouge taste testers and they give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. We're ditching the traditional ham and sausage and replacing it with umami filled kombu. The natural glutimates in the kombu enhances the flavors of the dish like mother nature's MSG and the umami mimics the meat products nobody will ever miss them. All the flavor, none of the carcinogenic meat products. Did you know that the World Health Organization recently categorized bacon and sausage as carcinogens in the same category as cigarettes?
- 1 cup Sangre De Toro beans
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 onion
- 1 bell pepper
- 3 bay leaves
- 4-6 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- 1 4" strip Kombu (do not skip)
- 1 smoked dried pepper (chipotle or other kind)
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon fresh black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried mexican oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried garlic
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon cayanne pepper (depending on how spicy you like it)
- 1/4 cup Olive oil plus more for sautéing the onions and peppers
- 2 cups water
- 1 16.9 oz package Plantstrong Sofrito Broth (or veggie broth of your choice)
1. In the bottom of a thick bottom pot or your pressure cooker, saute onion, bell pepper, garlic until soft and translucent.
2. Add all of the spices and saute for a couple more minutes.
3. Add the beans, water, broth, bayleaves, thyme and Kombu.
4. Bring to a boil and then simmer on the stove for 3 hours, making sure to add water ocationally to keep beans submerged.
OR pressure cook for 40 minutes on high, allowing the steam to release naturally for 20 minutes.
5. Remove the bay leaf, thyme stems and Kombu
6. If using a pressure cooker, remove the lid, and turn the pressure cooker to saute on high. Bring to a boil for 5-10 minutes to allow the broth to thicken.