This is my take on the mystery ingredients for the Ninja challenge this week, using Cola, Black Beans and Tilapia! I've never tried to make "dirty rice" before, and I was so excited to do so; it came out great!
Soaking and cooking the beans in the cola resulted in a taste like maple beans.. it was really good.
Wash beans. Soak black beans in enough Pepsi to cover the tops of the beans. Cover and let soak for 2 hours. Check halfway; beans will have soaked up the cola so add more to keep them covered in liquid.
Transfer beans along with pepsi they are soaking in, into a pot. Add water to cover beans. Bring to a boil. Then lower heat, add the onion and brown sugar, cover and simmer until beans are tender (about 2 hours). You will need to occasionally add water to keep beans covered.
In the last 20-25 minutes of beans cooking, prepare rice.
In the last 10 minutes of beans cooking, add 1 tsp salt.
Add beans to rice. Using a potato masher, mash partially, leaving most of the mixture un-mashed. Add 1 tsp salt. Mix together.
Cut tilapia into smaller pieces. Season with 1/2 tsp. salt, pepper and 2 Tbs. lemon juice. Lightly sautee in pan with olive oil until lightly browned.
Serve tilapia over rice and top it with chives. Squeeze more lemon juice over the whole dish.