Baked Beans

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Ingredients:

14 oz.  white beans
8 cups water
2 cups fresh tomato puree (6 plum tomatoes, 1 teaspoon vinegar, 1/2 tablespoon sugar, salt, fresh ground pepper)
1 medium onion
16 oz Smoked Polish Kielbasa
3 all spices
2 small hot chili pepper
1 small red long pepper
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground caraway
2 tablespoons marjoram
2 garlic cloves
salt

Instructions:

Wash the white beans, then place the beans in a pot with 8 cups cold water to cover 4 inches above the beans and soak at room temperature for about 12 hours (You can skip this step but the beans will cook longer)

After soaking, add all spices, bay leaves and simmer in the same water until tender (about 60 minutes). Skim off the foam while cooking. Meanwhile, peel and chop the onion, red pepper and chili pepper (remove seeds), then dice a smoked Polish kielbasa into bite-size pieces. In a large skillet, heat rapeseed oil over medium heat, add  chopped onion, pressed garlic, then chili peppers and red pepper, saute for 5 minutes. At the end add polish kielbasa,cook for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Place everything from skillet into the pot with cooking beans and cook for about 5 minutes.

Add 2 cups the fresh tomato puree (cooked according to directions below). Season with salt, ground caraway and crushed in hands a marjoram. Cook covered for about 15 minutes. Stir frequently to keep the solids from burning on the bottom. Serve hot with toasted bread.

Tips (Fresh Tomato Puree)

Bring a water to a boil in a pot. Meanwhile make a cross sign with a knife on the bottom of a tomato, on the top – dig out the green part. Put tomatoes into boiling water. Keep tomatoes in water for about 3 minutes. Drain and shock in a bowl of ice water to stop from cooking. At this point you will see a skin peeling off easily. Take off the rest of the skin. Cut tomatoes into quarters, remove the seeds from the seed slot. Then, dice and place into a small pot. Bring to a boil, then cook uncovered for approx. 20 – 30 minutes until the puree thicken. Season with salt,fresh ground pepper,  1/2 tablespoon sugar and  1 teaspoon white vinegar.Taste, add more salt, pepper or sugar if desired.

ENJOY!!!

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