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Monday, January 26, 2009

Recipe of the Week: Black Bean Spirals

With the Super Bowl coming up here soon, I thought it would be a good time to post an appetizer. Last year one of the appetizers I made was Black Bean Spirals. Actually I did the recipe for the filling, and I used about half of it for the spirals, and I used the other half of the filling as a dip for nacho chips. You could also skip the step of cutting them into spirals and have black bean wraps (adding toppings if you so desire).

I really like these. I can't really think of a good way to describe them other than to say that they're just different. There very light compared to a lot of appetizers out there, which also makes them a great snack for summer time parties. And this is another great recipe that you can use as a base and then add other ingredients or serve it in a variety of ways.

Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:
4 ounces of Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup of cheddar cheese
1/4 cup of sour cream
dash of salt (optional)
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed & drained.
3 flour tortillas

Directions:
-Mix cheeses, sour cream, and salt until well blended.
-Place beans in food processor and process till smooth. Add beans to the mixture and spread on tortillas.
-Roll up tortillas and chill for 30 minutes. Cut into 1/2 inch slices and serve.
-Optional: Garnish with pico de gallo or a little salsa, or serve salsa on the side for dipping.

I took these photos as I went through the process of making them:


This is the filling mixture...again, I LOVE this as a dip!

Spooned out on a tortilla.



Wrapped up.

The final product: Black Bean Spirals





Tips & Suggestions:

-Try adding shredded chicken to the filling mix....everything's better with chicken!
-The filling mix would be a great topping for tacos, taco salad, and other Mexican dishes.

-It could also be used for filling in finger sandwiches, pitas, and other bread items.

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-Jerri


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