Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Creative Cooking Crew August 13: Veggie 3-Way

This month the..

Is making a 3-Way.  Our task was to choose a fruit or veggie and showcase it in 3 original dishes.

I was so enthusiastic about my selection of Red Beans, that I made it a 5-Way.

Red Beans are so beautifully versatile.  Equally at home in savory dishes and desserts.

Warning...for some of these dishes you will need an open mind.

One of our chief aims in this cooking crew is to stretch ourselves creatively.  With that said, if you take my suggestions and incorporate your own spins, you'll be quite happy with the results.

Folks, I cannot post recipes here.  If I did, this post would be the one of the longest in recorded history. The select few people actually reading this would stop.  Due to extreme boredom.

If you really want specific information on any of these dishes hit me up on my facebook page at lazarocooks.

On to the pretty pictures...

Red Bean & Maduro Milkshake with Vanilla Whipped Cream & Candied Red Beans

This delightful shake was made with...
  • Red Bean Ice Cream
  • Maduros - (Ripe Plantains)
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
  • Grenadine - For color & added sweetness
  • Whipping cream
Candied red beans are easy to make and add a nice surprise touch to the final product.

Red Beans & Bison Picadillo Rice Balls with Cajun Remoulade

  • Cooked Arborio rice
  • Cooked red beans
  • Ground Bison - (Made "picadillo" style)
  • Roasted Piquillo Peppers
  • Combination of cracker meal & corn meal coating
  • Peanut oil for frying
  • Cajun remoulade sauce - (Any sauce would work here)
  • Marjoram - (I love this particular herb here)
This was made "Arancini" style.  Which is an Italian preparation using leftover risotto.  Any google search will give you more info on this prep method.  Sorry...

Red Bean Gratin served in a Popover Shell

So much fun to put together.  Popovers bake up hallow.  I got the idea to open a window into the popover and fill it with cooked red beans.

To change things up I made these beans "BBQ" or baked beans style. Campfire shit.  Although in Miami I've never seen or participated in a campfire.  These beans had...

  • Onions
  • Molases
  • Liquid smoke
  • Yellow mustard
  • Ham hock
  • Maker's Mark Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
Stuff the cavity of the popover with the beans.  Then cover with your favorite cheese.  I used Creamy Havarti.  Kitchen blowtorch the hell out of the cheese to desired point.

Red Bean Slider with Sweet Potato Fries & Dill Creme Fraiche

This burger really hit the spot.  Even non-veg eaters like it here.  The combo of oven-roasted sweet potato fries and creme fraiche (fortified with lime and dill), on the burger rocks.

For the burger....

  • Cooked red beans
  • Brown rice
  • Yellow onion - grated
  • Roasted garlic
  • Green onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Cooked sweet potato - (Binder)
  • 50/50 Smoked Pimenton & Curry Powder
By the way, I served it on a potato roll.

Red Bean Ice Cream Sandwich: Red Bean Ice Cream with Red Bean & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here I took a different tact.  Instead of using Red Bean ice cream, I made a Red Bean paste...

  • Red Beans
  • Sugar
  • Corn syrup
Cooked together.  Refrigerated. Combined with French vanilla ice cream.

Add cooked red beans to your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Seem strange at first.  The combo worked flawlessly.  Different but dynamic.

While fabulous, this was way too much Red Bean consumption.

Please check back to this space this coming Friday 8.30.13 for the complete round-up.

That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!


  1. Red bean is my favorite one!

  2. Everything dish looks delish!! Blessings, Catherine

  3. Well now, Good thing I have an open mind!!! :D
    For everyone else, I pity them.

    Did you make your own red bean ice cream? ...and if you don't mind my asking, how do you candy them?

    What an out of the box idea, Laz...I truly cannot decide which I would want to try first!

  4. One of the most creative dishes I have seen to date and I know each an everyone was to perfection. I open my mouth to every single one. Bien hecho!

  5. That popover is magnificent. You've made me realize I use beans in such a boring way.
    As always, intensely creative take on the challenge.

  6. No such thing as too many red beans. Unless, of course, you eat all these dishes in one or two days. That said, these are all incredible creations. And I plan on making them all (although not all at once). The milkshake and the ice cream - they will wait; but the gratin, the rice balls - oh yeah! Trying the sliders this weekend. Fantastic! Thank you!

  7. Bravo bravo. The popover is absolutely incredible. But seriously, it's a job well done all around.

  8. what a great variety of well played dishes - I cant decide what order I would want to eat them in but I do know one thing - give me double on the milkshake.

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  10. There is no way you'll give me all of those recipes! Especially on Facebook. Okay, so if I had to choose one...no I can't do it! They ALL look amazing. I'll sleep on it and FB you manana! Nicely done.

  11. You really did a spectacular job this month ... super creative and really well executed! I'd love to try each one. Congratulations!

  12. Wow 5 amazing recipes ad presentations. I am used to seen red beans as a dessert in Asian restaurants, I would eat it all up.

  13. wow! all of these sound seriously delicious! I'm especially partial to the milkshake and the gratin, they sound phenomenal!

  14. OMG that gratin! I think I just drooled on my keyboard ;)

  15. oooh, how delicious! i adore red bean paste in treats, and that ice cream is calling my name :)

  16. This looks delicious, this recipe is a great excuse. Thanks!

  17. I found this website at 1 am and there is nothing in my fridge. Do you know my feeling when I see these delicious foods :(

  18. This sounds fantastic! Can't wait to give it a try.

  19. You have shared a great recipe, I will definitely try it and share my feedback with you !
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