Monday, September 3, 2012

Smashed Black Beans

As a side to our flank steak fajitas that we had the other night, we whipped together this tasty side of smashed black beans. This is one of the simplest sides we've ever created, and we're pretty sure we'll never have black beans any other way for the rest of our lives. Alright, that may be a slight exaggeration, but they were really tasty. This recipe only makes enough for two, so if you're feeding a larger group, increase the amount of beans.

Here's what you need:
1 can of black beans
crumbled queso fresco

Here's what you do:
You're going to need to either pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees, or if you have a toaster oven like us, use that! We used a small Pyrex dish and it fit perfectly in the toaster oven. We didn't have to heat up our whole house with the hot oven either. 

Heat the beans in a sauce pan over medium heat. Keep them in their own juice for this part. 

You just want the beans to heat through. Once that's done, scoop them out with a slotted spoon so that the juice is left behind. Spread in an oven safe dish.

Using the back of a fork, gently smash the black beans so that they break open, but are still basically bean-shaped. 

Crumble the queso fresco over the beans.

Place in the oven/toaster oven for 5-10 minutes, or until your cheese melts.

Serve hot.


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