MASHED LOBIO WITH RACHA HAM
Lobio (Georgian: ლობიო) is a popular Georgian dish made with kidney beans and usually eaten with Mchadi and marinaded vegetables. The Georgian word ‘lobio’ means ‘beans’. There are a number of varieties of this dish and in this recipe we show how to make mashed lobio with ham.
Ingredients: 400 grams of kidney beans.
100 grams of pork fat (or butter) and 400 grams of ham. We used smoked ham from the Racha region of Georgia (Georgian: რაჭული ლორი). This gives the beans a very special flavor. Boiling the beans with ham is a tradition of people in Racha and is considered to produce the best lobio.
Preparation: Soak beans in a deep cooking pot of cold water for two hours prior to cooking. When ready to cook, drain the water and add the ham, a little salt and 1.5 liters of fresh water. Cook on a medium heat until the beans are tender.
When the beans and ham are cooked, transfer the beans to a mixing bowl. Add the pork fat (or butter) and use the back of a wooden spoon to mash the ingredients.
If necessary, use a little of the water that the beans were cooked in to achieve the right consistency. The mixture should look like the picture below. Taste, and add a little salt if necessary.
Serving: Serve hot, together with the cooked ham.
Enjoy your mashed lobio with ham!
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