Thursday, March 27, 2008

Quadruple Bean & Double Corn Pie with Avocado

I'm not gonna lie. This meal was a lot of work. Although it was very tasty, between cooking chickpeas, black beans and dark red kidney beans, prepping the tomato/chili base and making a double corn cornbread, this is not something I will be making all the time. I started by boiling the three beans together in water, garlic and veggie bouillon cubes for about 2- 2 1/2 hours until just tender. I drained the beans and sautéed a sweet onion in a little olive oil along with chipotle and regular chili powders, cumin, paprika, garlic, salt, black pepper and cocoa powder. I added 2 cans of crushed tomatoes, which I further broke down with my immersion blender. I added the three beans into the tomato chili base and swirled in the forth bean component, a can of spicy refried pinto beans. In a separate bowl I made a cornbread topper that had pureed corn, applesauce, canola oil, sugar, all purpose flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and chopped green onions. Once the chili beans were in a casserole dish, I topped it with the cornbread mixture and baked it at 450 for about 25 minutes. I think I might have dipped into it too soon because the chili beans hadn't thickened up as much as I would have liked and the very center of the cornbread wasn't completely done. While I did have a small plate of this with some sliced avocado, I did end up putting the casserole back in the oven for the cornbread to get completely baked. Not bad, but not worth cooking in a hot kitchen all day!
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11 comments:

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

That's one mouthful of a title... But it looks great!

Veggie said...

I love this idea, a chili pie. I haven't made anything like this in quite awhile. Sounds good.

Veg-a-Nut said...

I love the sound of this. I cook a bunch of beans at a time and freeze them in 2 cup packages. I seems to help the long cooking days for one meal.

jenna said...

wow! looks impressive! I secretly like those kinds of labor intensive meals once in a while, especially when I'm stressed because its so task orientated and its easy to just relax and chop, chop, chop. Looks great though...I wish I could come over and have some too! :)

Hannah said...

Mmm, sounds like a great thing to make for a special occasion.

Romina said...

This looks delicious!!!

I'm a sucker for recipes that take forever, I just love being in the kitchen for hours at a time.

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Jennifer said...

That DOES sound pretty intensive. But I knew when I saw the title of your post that I was going to be in love. I'm swooning over your bean pie. Mmmmmmmm.

Erin said...

Lori,
This looks so tasty! Wish I could put my spoon through the computer and try some!
Love ya,
Erin

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

This sounds AMAZING! Maybe the bean mixture would be a good option for a crockpot all day, so you don't have to think about them all day?

Vegan_Noodle said...

Sounds so so good! Some things are worth that much effort every once in awhile.