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In the Dominican Republic, Lent (called cuaresma) is not complete without a sweet bowl of Habichuelas con Dulce – Dominican Sweet Cream of Beans. There, pureed red kidney beans are cooked with coconut milk and evaporated milk, sweetened with sugar and spiced with cloves and cinnamon to make a thick, creamy dessert. Add little pieces of sweet potato and a handful of raisins for texture; and of course, a few Dominican milk cookies for a final touch.
1 bag (1 lb.)
GOYA® Red Kidney Beans
1 can (13.5 oz.)
GOYA® Coconut Milk
1 can (12 oz.)
GOYA® Evaporated Milk
1 ¼ cups
large sweet potato (about 1 lb.), rinsed, peeled and finely chopped (about 2 ½ cups)
Dominican milk cookies, for serving (optional)
In large bowl, add beans and enough water to cover beans by 3”. Cover; soak 12 hours. Drain beans, reserving soaking liquid. Add enough water to soaking liquid to make 10 cups total; transfer to large, heavy pot set over medium-high heat. Bring water to boil. Add beans; return water to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, until beans are completely tender, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Drain beans, reserving 6 cups liquid.
Blend beans and reserved liquid in batches, until smooth. Strain bean puree through fine-mesh strainer, if desired, discarding any solids in strainer. Transfer bean puree to large, heavy saucepan set over medium-high heat. Add coconut milk, evaporated milk, sugar, cloves and cinnamon sticks; bring bean mixture to boil.
Add sweet potatoes and raisins to saucepan; return liquid to boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are very tender, raisins are plump and bean mixture thickens to cream soup-like consistency, about 30 minutes.
Transfer beans to large serving bowl. Serve warm or chilled. Top with milk cookies, if desired.
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