Mashed beans with onion and garlic

This is as easy as it can get!

You need:

–          500g/1.1 lbs beans (raw)

–          3 average sized carrots

–          1 parsnip

–          Salt, pepper

–          One mid-sized onion

–          3-4 cloves of garlic

–          1 tbsp olive oil

–          1 tbsp paprika

You wash the beans and then soak them in 2l of water for a couple of hours.  Afterwards, you boil them together with the carrots and parsnip until they are very soft( just like you would boil potatoes to make mashed potatoes).

When they’re done, mix them in a bowl with a mixer (you can also use a blender but make sure you don’t end up with soup rather than a paste).

Chop the garlic in fine pieces and add it to the beans and mix them well. The amount of garlic used usually depends on your own tastes and whether you like your flavours more garlicky or not.  Add salt and pepper to your tastes as well.

And last but not least, the final touch!  In a pan, put the olive oil together with the paprika, let it simmer and take all the flavor out of the spice. After 2-3 min, add the finely chopped onion (julien) and leave it until it becomes yellow-brown. When it’s done, put the fried onion on top of the mashed beans.

It’s usually eaten with home made crispy white bread, but you can easily serve it with whole meal bread, it’s delicious all the same!

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