Caramelized Black Bean "Butter"

Randy Mayor
Caramelized onions lend the black beans an intriguing sweetness and complexity, which is highlighted by balsamic vinegar and cocoa. Spread on a sandwich of sliced ciabatta with grilled vegetables and arugula. It's also great with baked tortilla chips.

Yield:

3 cups (serving size: 1 tablespoon)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 17
Caloriesfromfat 2 %
Fat 0.4 g
Satfat 0.1 g
Monofat 0.2 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 0.7 g
Carbohydrate 3.1 g
Fiber 0.8 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.2 mg
Sodium 48 mg
Calcium 7 mg

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cups chopped onion
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Preparation

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 10 minutes or until golden. Place onion, beans, vinegar, cocoa, salt, and paprika in a food processor; process until smooth. Place bean mixture in a bowl. Sprinkle with parsley.

Note:

Lisë Stern,

June 2005