A classic red bean, essential to dishes like New Orleans Red Beans & Rice, and equally important to many Caribbean cuisines. Domingo Rojo holds its shape when cooked, and the thick bean broth coats every rice grain or noodle with a luxurious sauce.
A small, mild yet dense, heirloom bean, begging to be put to work as red beans and rice, chili con carne or a wonderful ingredient in your summer salad. The bean is classic, and one of the reasons aficionados insist on good red beans for their red beans and rice is the bean broth. A good red bean will produce a sauce that coats every grain of rice and Domingo Rojo is that bean!
Cook them with onion and a bay leaf, then let them do their magic in your kitchen. A rich chili with a few of these beans would change the minds of the most ardent "no-bean in my chili!" chili snob. Combining cooked beans with your favorite sausage makes a quick, no hassle meal. Mashing some of the beans with a fork and then returning them to the pot makes a creamy soup that doesn't require meat or much of anything else to be delicious.
Suggestions: Red beans and rice, soups, pot beans, salads, chili, dips, casseroles
Ingredients: Domingo Rojo Bean
Steve Sando founded Rancho Gordo on the idea that saving our New World foods is a critical pursuit; passion for heirloom beans has made this business a huge success. Sando’s beans are sought after by famous chefs like Thomas Keller and he’s frequently profiled in publications such as Bon Appetit, Saveur, and the New York Times. In reintroducing the best of the New World heirloom beans, Sando has created a sensation, and food-lovers everywhere will relish transforming this humble staple into a celebrated delicacy.
Photos by Steve Sando