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Caramelized Black Bean "Butter"

Randy Mayor
Yield 3 cups (serving size: 1 tablespoon)
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.

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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  1. 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.