So tonight is a black night on "Idol"--the night when the first finalist is voted off, priming us for the many tragic, teary-eyed Thursdays that lie ahead. So let's drown our sorrows in comfort food this black evening...with some black bean dip!
Creamy Black Bean Dip
Yields 4 appetizer servings...double the recipe for your next "Idol" watch party!
▪ 2 slices center cut bacon, chopped
▪ 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
▪ 1/8 cup jalapeno, chopped
▪ 1 large garlic clove, chopped
▪ 1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
▪ 1 tsp cumin
▪ 1 tsp chili powder
▪ 1/8 tsp kosher salt
▪ 1/4 cup water
▪ 1/8 cup water
▪ 1 green onion, chopped
▪ sour cream
In a large sauce pan, over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp and the fat is rendered. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Saute the onion until soft, stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes. Add the jalapeno and saute for 2-3 more minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, around 30 seconds. Add the beans and the next 4 ingredients through the water. Simmer until water is evaporated and ingredients are married, around 2-3 minutes.
Place the bean mixture into a food processor and blend, slowing pouring in the 1/8 cup of water until a creamy consistency is reached.
Serve topped with a large dollop of sour cream and sprinkled with the green onion and reserved bacon bits.
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