BLACK BEANS ( Berta’s Style )

2 lbs. black beans 2 bay leaves
20 cups of water 8 tsp. salt
1 green pepper 1 tsp. pepper (optional)
1 cup olive oil 1 tsp. oregano
1 large onion 4 tbs. vinegar
8 garlic cloves 4 tbs. olive oil
1 cup red dry wine
4 tbs. sugar

Wash the beans and soak in water. When the beans swell, cook in the same water until soft. (45 minutes approximately). Heat the oil in a frying pan, add onion, chop up or mash garlic and chop up green pepper. Add 1 cup of the beans to the pan and mash. Add this to the beans together with the salt, pepper, oregano, bay leaves and sugar. Allow to boil for a 1 hour then add the wine and vinegar allowing to cook uncovered for a while. Add 4 tbs. of olive oil just before serving.

Serves approximately 20.