August- Black Bean Spread

August- Black Bean Spread

A simple dish that’s quite versatile, packed with protein and fresh ingredients.  Great for a nutritious, satisfying snack or an accompaniment for a main in latin cooking.  I ve made this as dip for veggies or pieces of pita and a filling for Venezuelan arepas.

1 can of black beans
2 green onions, sliced
1 clove of garlic, minced
½ tsp coriander seed
½ tsp cumin
¼ tsp chilli powder
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

Mash the beans in a bowl and then add the remaining ingredients.  To make the spread smooth I used  an immersion blender, a food processor would probably suffice as well.

Can be thinned with a little water or additional olive oil. To add a spicy kick add some chilli flakes.  This dish is best made ahead of time to allow all the flavors to marry.

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