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Bean pizza
« on: March 25, 2020, 05:06:22 PM »
I'm making a bean pizza. Later, I'll post whether it turns out any good or not. I made my usual 100% whole-wheat yeast-rising crust but instead of the usual pile of veggies I just put tomato sauce and a light sprinkle of cheese on it. Once the crust is baked, I'll cover it with canned low-sodium vegetarian chili beans, because I've been too lazy to cook beans from scratch for years. And because there's a very good brand at the store that's low-sodium.
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Re: Bean pizza
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2020, 09:28:57 PM »
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Re: Bean pizza
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2020, 10:37:56 PM »
Those bean soup packs are nothing but dried beans plus some seasoning. It's cheaper and just as easy to make it from scratch. Beans just take so long to cook.

Anyway, the bean pizza was so good I'm planning on making another one tomorrow.
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Re: Bean pizza
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2020, 02:21:02 AM »
I've been too lazy to cook beans from scratch for years.

Dried beans should be cooked in a pressure cooker for best nutrient retention,15 minutes and very tasty.  Beans, though, like many foods, are problematic for many. 
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Re: Bean pizza
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2020, 02:34:22 AM »
I have seen rice and bean pizzas in Brazil

Some also had spaghetti on them.
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Re: Bean pizza
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2020, 03:36:34 AM »
I've been too lazy to cook beans from scratch for years.

Dried beans should be cooked in a pressure cooker for best nutrient retention,15 minutes and very tasty.  Beans, though, like many foods, are problematic for many.

Better yet, an Instant Pot.

Just pick over and wash the beans, then dump them into the pot along with a measure of water, close the lid, press a single button and

...that's it. They're done to perfection in minutes.

You're a wealthy man, Daniel. There's no excuse for living on canned beans.
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Re: Bean pizza
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2020, 04:23:49 AM »
Those bean soup packs are nothing but dried beans plus some seasoning. It's cheaper and just as easy to make it from scratch. Beans just take so long to cook.

Anyway, the bean pizza was so good I'm planning on making another one tomorrow.
I don't want to buy fifteen different packages of beans and combine them according to a percentage table I don't have. I pay for them to do all that. It works for me. You may find different, and that's fine.
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Re: Bean pizza
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2020, 04:34:43 AM »
I don't want to buy fifteen different packages of beans and combine them according to a percentage table I don't have.

So you ain't no bean counter, is that it?

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Re: Bean pizza
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2020, 05:18:08 AM »
I don't want to buy fifteen different packages of beans and combine them according to a percentage table I don't have.

So you ain't no bean counter, is that it?
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Re: Bean pizza
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2020, 07:59:33 AM »
I also made a bean dish for dinner last night. Baked cod over top of cannellini beans and castelvetrano olives with some chilies.

After seeing this post I considered that my dish would have also worked on a pizza crust.  No stringy cheese though, perhaps a grated hard cheese as a finish.



I will double down on the instapot suggestion. Its the most useful kitchen device I have purchased in years. Absolute multi-tasker.  If I had to choose between the instapot or the microwave the pot would win.


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Re: Bean pizza
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2020, 09:05:11 AM »
I'll have to investigate that contraption.
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Re: Bean pizza
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2020, 09:20:12 AM »
Pigeon peas. Pigeon pea pizza. You haven't lived until you've acquired a taste for pigeon peas.

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Re: Bean pizza
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2020, 12:01:47 PM »
I've never been a fan of pressure cookers, except for canning, back when I had a 1/4-acre garden in North Dakota. I have known people who claim that pressure-cooked food has more nutrition because of the short cooking time. I disagree: The higher temperature will denature the vitamins more than slow cooking at a lower temperature. And while individual tastes vary, I find that slower cooking has better results. But since I can buy really delicious low-sodium beans in a can, I don't have a lot of incentive to cook my own.

I will look into the InstaPot, which I had never heard of before. But I'm starting with a prior opinion and experience that pressure cooking is inferior.

I would be interested in hearing the opinion of Captain Video and any other professional cooks who may be here, regarding pressure cooking vs. slow cooking.
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Re: Bean pizza
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2020, 12:02:39 PM »
P.S. I have a sponge rising now for today's pizza crust for the bean pizza.
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Re: Bean pizza
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2020, 12:31:15 PM »
Pigeon peas. Pigeon pea pizza. You haven't lived until you've acquired a taste for pigeon peas.
As the Bowery King said: I wouldn't advise you to eat them.  ;D
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