April 28 2022 – Holly Ong
OMG! Sambal: Artichoke and Mayocoba Beans
Beans have a spotty relationship with eaters and I’ve heard its gaseous feedback. TBH, I never really had an issue with it. Maybe because it’s the pre-cooking that an old auntie told me and one that I adapted a kitchen hack with. All you need is a slow cooker or instant pot and it really makes for an easy, healthy, good for the environment and very affordable meal.
When we were at the Good Food Mercantile in San Francisco, we met the lovely people from Primary Beans. As we talked beans, they gave us some of their favorites ones. At the market the other day, I spotted some seasonal artichoke and thought about pairing them with a bean recipe I had in my head. It was something I ate on a Tuscany holiday a long time ago but I wanted to add more flavor and put a little Singaporean take on it.
½ cup of Mayocoba Beans,
1 can of Stock of your choice, organic, low sodium
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 tbsp OMG! Sambal
Salt + Pepper
½ cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
Eat with: Toast or crackers of your choice. Once you pile the beans and artichoke on the cracker, we also recommend AF Chili Chunka as an add on for that extra little tangy garlicky hit.
The evening before:
- Wash the beans then toss them and the entire can of stock of your choice into the slow cooker. I happen to have a nice seafood stock that is 100% natural and low sodium in my pantry.
- If you’re doing it around dinner time, set it on high and turn it off before you go to bed. If you’re doing just before bed time, set it on low and go to bed. Turn it off in the AM when you wake.
Day of eating:
- Drain the beans and set aside.
- Cut the artichoke in half. Toss them into a small pot, add about 1tbsp of olive oil, lightly salt and add water. Set the pot to boil till the artichoke is tender (about 8-15min). Pierce the artichoke with a knive, if it goes through easily, your artichoke is good to eat.
- This part is IMPORTANT: the furry bits in the center of the artichoke is not edible. Cut them away. Set aside on the serving plate.
- Heat a pan (we just use our handy wok) with about 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add minced garlic and OMG! Sambal. Wait till you can smell the sambal then stir in the drained beans.
- Finish with some salt and pepper to taste. Pour the entire pan’s content onto the previously plated artichoke and sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top if desired.
- Happy eating with toast or crackers of your choice!