Today I am going to share a recipe for a black bean salad I made when we had some friends over to cook out last night. I got this recipe from A Southerly Course, a new cookbook I am enjoying. Martha Hall Foose is my current food hero.
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can great northern beans, rinsed and drained
2 carrots, grated
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
grated zest and juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
Toss all of this and let sit at least an hour before serving.
I really liked that this recipe involved lime juice and olive oil. A nice departure from the standard baked beans I usually serve with hamburgers.
Then I had some lime, red onion, garlic and bell pepper left, so I whipped up this salsa using canned tomatoes. It made another nice side served with tortilla chips. And much better than the jarred stuff.
For dessert I just made Oreo Pie. In our house this is a huge treat and it's one of the easiest things I make. You buy an Oreo crust. Make chocolate pudding and fill the crust. Spoon Cool Whip on top. Chill til ready to serve. Voila! Dessert is served! Kids and adults alike gobble it up and you can make it in like 5 minutes. That's my kind of recipe!
The next time you get invited to a barbecue/cookout remember these recipes. And pick up a copy of A Southerly Course. (I got no compensation or even a free book out of this recommendation-- I just really like this cookbook.)