Haitian soup


Ingredients

1 lb kidney beans
2 quarts water
1/4 lb salt pork, diced
1 cup finely chopped scallions,
2 sprigs parsley, minced
2 sprigs fresh thyme, minced
1 bay leaf, crushed
1 stalk celery, minced
1 tsp scotch bonnet-type chile
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 cup hot water
6 individual shots dark haitian rum

How to prepare

Pick over the beans, wash them, and put them into a large saucepan or stockpot. Add the water and other ingredients, except the rum. Cover and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat, and simmer for 21/2 to 3 hours, until the beans are very tender. Puree the soup in a food processor or put it through a food mill. Taste and adjust the seasonings and return the soup to the pot, adding up to 1 cup hot water to bring the soup to a thick, but not pasty, consistency and serve hot. At each place, serve a cordial glass of dark haitian rum, which the diners should add to their soup before tasting it. Serves 6.

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