Bowl of Red Bean Walnut Paste
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Red Beans & Walnuts
Georgia   -   Lobio

Makes
Effort:
Sched:
DoAhead:  
2-3/4 #  
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25 min+  
Best
Yum! This appetizer spread is always a hit - but it's hellish filling, so use discretion. It goes very well with Armenian Lavash (Georgians also use lavash) but can be used with pita or other breads or crackers.



12-1/2
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4
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1/2
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3
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Kidney Beans, red (1)  
Salt
Red Onion
Garlic
Walnut meats
Cilantro
Coriander Seed
-- Dressing
Wine Vinegar, red
Water
Olive Oil
Cayenne pepper
Salt
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Make   -   (25 min   +9 hours soak and cook for dried beans)
  1. IF using dried KIDNEY BEANS soak in Water to cover well and 1/2 T Salt (yes, salt). Soak 8 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse well. Place in a sauce pan with water to cover well, bring to a boil and simmer until tender (about 1 hr). They can be tender enough that many will be crushed during mixing.
  2. IF using canned Kidney Beans you will need Three 14oz cans. Drain the beans and rinse. Crurh half the beans (not too thoroughly) and mix back with the whole beans.
  3. Chop ONION and GARLIC fine, mix into Beans.
  4. Make sure your WALNUTS are fresh (no rancidity). Grind in a food processor or similar and mix into Beans.
  5. Chop CILANTRO small (yes, that's a lot of cilantro). Grind CORIANDER. Mix both into Beans.
  6. Mix all Dressing items into Beans.
  7. Refrigerate overnight (if possible) to mature flavors.
  8. Serve at room temperature with Lavash bread. You can make rolls in advance (see enlarged photo), or let guests roll their own. In either case, keep in mind that lavash dries out very fast. You can also use some other suitable bread, or crackers, or squares of Lavash dried into crackers.
NOTES:
  1. Kidney Beans:   Red kidney beans grown in Georgia are reported quite a bit smaller than what we call "kidney beans" here in Los Angeles, so the photo example was made with medium size red beans. They probably grow the big ones next door in Armenia now. During the hard times after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Armenians practically lived on red kidney beans sent from Glendale, California.
  2. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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