LOBIO WITH FRIED HAM

The Georgian word ‘lobio’ (Georgian: ლობიო) means ‘beans’ and there are a number of varieties of lobio dishes. In this family recipe we show how to make lobio with fried ham.

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Ingredients: 300 grams of kidney beans.

Lobio Beans

100 grams of ham. A good layer of fat will give the dish a great flavor.

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Other ingredients: 2 large white onions, 1.5 tbs of coarse red pepper, 4 bay leaves, 2 cloves of garlic and salt (amount dependent upon personal preference).

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Preparation: Soak the beans in a deep cooking pot of cold water for two hours prior to cooking. Drain water and add the bay leaves, salt and 1.5 liters of fresh water.

Soaking Beans for Lobio

Cook on a medium heat until the beans are tender.

Cooked Lobio Beans

Cut the ham into square shaped pieces and add to a pan. Fry on a medium heat for 3 minutes, turn the ham over and fry for a further 2 minutes.

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Chop the onions and add, together with the coarse red pepper, to the pan.

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Stir and continue to cook on a medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently.

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Crush the garlic and add, together with the cooked beans and salt, to the pan. Stir, bring to the boil and remove from the heat.

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Serving: Serve hot. We used several pieces of the fried ham to garnish the dish.

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Enjoy your lobio with fried ham!

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