Sunday, February 17, 2008

Black Bean Soup and Spicy Cornbread Muffins

This recipe comes from Dave Liberman on the food network. This is the best black bean soup I have ever had. It is a little spicy and gets great flavor from the cilantro and crunch from the tortilla chips. I forgot to take a picture of this great soup. I serve the soup with his spicy cornbread muffins. Here are the original recipes with my changes noted.

Black Bean Soup
10 slices bacon, finely chopped (used turkey bacon)
2 medium onions, chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
6 garlic cloves, pressed
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups canned chopped tomatoes (canned with added chilies)
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
4 (15 1/2-ounce) cans black beans, drained but not rinsed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch cilantro
juice of 1/2 lime
Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish (omitted)
Sour cream, for garnish (omitted)
Grated cheddar, for garnish
Blue corn chips, crushed for garnish

Put the bacon into a large heavy pot and place it over medium heat. Cook until it starts to give up its fat, about 4 minutes. Stir in the onions and cook, stirring, until they start to turn translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until you can smell it, about 1 minute. Add the broth, tomatoes, ketchup, Worcestershire, and chili powder. Stir in the beans, turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Adjust the heat so the soup is bubbling gently and cook 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, pick off all the thick stems from the cilantro. Wash it and shake dry. Chop the cilantro coarsely and stir it into the soup when it has been simmering 10 minutes. cook until the soup is thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lime juice. Serve with the garnishes

Spicy Cornbread Muffins
2 (8 1/2-ounce) boxes corn muffin mix
1 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 (8 3/4-ounce) can corn kernels, drained
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced (used 2 peppers)
1/2 cup grated Monterey jack

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until just combined. Do not overmix. Divide the batter evenly in a 12-portion nonstick muffin tin. (If using a tin that isn't nonstick, spray with cooking spray). Bake in the center of the oven until just golden and muffin springs back when gently pressed, about 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove and serve warm

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