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)
- 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...
- 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
- 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
- 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!