Black Eye Beans with Chard – Mavromátika mé Séskoula
300 gms dried black eye beans
700 gms chard – rainbow chard if possible – torn into big pieces
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 leek, chopped
180 ml tomato juice
150 ml olive oil
A small bunch of dill, chopped
Salt and pepper
First, give the dried beans a good rinse in a colander, drain and put in a medium sized saucepan and bring to the boil. Leave to simmer for about 10 minutes – you need to have them only partly cooked. Drain ten and leave to one side.
In another casserole heat 3 tabs of olive oil. Put in the chopped onion and leek and allow to cook until soft.
Add the tomato juice, seasoning and half the chopped dill. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes.
Now add the drained beans and about 100ml of olive oil and then add the chopped chard. Leave to simmer until the chard and the beans have cooked and the sauce has thickened a little.
Add the rest of the chopped dill and serve.
This makes a superb vegetarian dish or can be included in a selection of mezé.