Anafre is the name of the clay pot where usually hot coal is placed to heat up the plate placed on its top. As you can see it has several holes to let some oxygen in and keep the coal lit. Usually the top plate is also made of clay and what it contains is one of the most delicious appetizers in Honduras.
Usually the anafres contain fried red or black beans with cheese fondue on top. Also other ingredients that might be added are peppers and chorizo. In order to eat this delicious dip, tortilla chips accompany the appetizer.
If you want to make this you don’t actually need the clay pot, but usually it is nice to have one for decorative purposes. So if you are wondering how to make this wonderful appetizer, below you can find the ingredients and instructions:
Red or black beans
Mozzarella or any type of cheese that melts.
Sometimes you can by the beans already fried and smashed up, but if you want to do it with raw beans you can do it as well. In order to speed up the cooking of the beans you should leave them over night in a bowl filled with water so that they become hydrated and softer. You should place the raw beans on a pressure cooker or pot with salt, some garlic and cook until they are soft.
When they are ready, take them out of the water and smash them in a mortar or place them in the blender. When you have the paste you can get a frying pan place some oil and fry the beans when the oil is hot. When the beans are crispy you can place them on the anafre’s plate or any other container you can use. If you do not have the clay anafre pot to place the coal, don’t worry, you can do this on the stove or in a barbecue.
On the plate that has the beans place the cheese on top and jalapeño peppers if you want. If you want to place chorizo I recommend you cook it before to remove some part of the fat and add to the plate after they are done. Make sure that the fire is not to high so that the beans do not burn.
When the cheese has melted you can start eating everything with the tortilla chips which you can also make or buy ready.
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