Wednesday, September 16, 2009

CEiMB - Black Bean Mexican Style Pizza or Post Surgery Ground Beef Unspicy Pizza

I hope you all notice the one lone black bean on the plate above because when I look at this photo, that is all I see. Of course I didn't see it when I was snapping the shot. You had to know that right? But now that I am looking at it closely, I think it adds interest and creativity, don't you? Who else thought to have a straggler bean all by itself on the edge of the plate? That is major, huge, outstanding creative photography. I'm just sayin.

Since the yankee isn't supposed to eat spicey foods this week, I was very hesitant to make this. However, my sweet blogging friend Joanna of Apple Crumbles, the host of this week's recipe, offered a few suggestions for me as to how to change things up and de-spice the original recipe. Be sure to check out her blogsite to see how it is supposed to be made. Joanna is a creative cook and very adept at changing recipes to meet vegetarian needs so I always like to check out her blog.

First, I cooked some very lean ground beef and then added 2 T. of V-8 juice. I used whole wheat tortillas. The bean dip you mix up to use as the base is very tasty. I left out the jalapeno and the onions (used onion flakes) this time, but I suggest you leave that in. Then you mix in a food processor to make a smooth dip.
So together we layered tortilla, bean dip, hamburger, then tortilla, thinly sliced tomato, mexican grated cheese, and topped with cilantro and cabbage. It really is quick to prepare and we loved it. A little on the bland side, but when you have just lost an organ, albeit a small one, bland is always a good thing. You cook for ten minutes and voila. . .dinner!!!

4 corn tortillas, or whole-wheat tortillas (6-inches in diameter)
1/2 cup Black Bean Dip, recipe follows
1 large tomato, seeded and diced
1 cup shredded green cabbage
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the tortillas onto a baking sheet and spread 2 tablespoons of black bean dip on top of each tortilla. Top with tomato and cabbage and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the pizzas from the oven and sprinkle some cilantro on each one. Allow to cool slightly before cutting into wedges.
Black Bean Dip:
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon water
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a skillet over a medium heat. Add onions and saute until they soften, about 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and jalapeno and cook for 1 minute more.
Put the beans into a food processor. Add the onion mixture and the rest of the ingredients and puree until smooth.
Yield: 1 cup


natalia said...

Even with all my organs in I'd like to visit for dinner !!

Jessica said...

I'm so impressed with your revisions to this recipe. I hope the Yankee is feeling better soon!

AppleC said...

Great job on the re-vamping of the recipe for the Yankee.
It looks great! I think the bean does add so much to the photo...for one little bean.

Mary Ann said...

Great adaptation of the recipe- I really like what you did! I love your lone black bean!

Lauryn said...

Yum - they really look great! And yes, the lone bean is an artist revelation! LOL

Imafoodblog said...

nicely done, perfect post surgery eats. I hope the hubster is feeling better. I myself have made hospital trips for gall bladder problems, so I am sure he is happy to have it out.

I for one love your lone black bean.


Jen said...

Peggy, I am so behind! Your mexican pizzas look great! Glad you enjoyed them. I thought they were a bit bland --even with the addition of chicken.

Leslie said...

I leave for a month and the Yankee has a medical emergency and you make these fab pizzas! I obviously have some catching up to do.

In answer to your question, yes, the Beatty's chocolate cake is DEFINITELY the one I'd go with. I hope you make it & love it as much as we did!