Thursday, March 24, 2011

Zesty Black Bean Crisps

I stumbled across this creation by accident. I was frying burritos and some black beans fell into the oil. Some time later I noticed them and scooped them out. I bit into one and experienced instant paradise! It was crispy on the outside and light and airy on the inside (almost hallow) like a kettle cooked potato chip. The hot oil completely changed the chemistry of the black bean just like popcorn. I had boiled dry black beans from my food storage so there was a lot left over. This was a perfect solution. I took the rest and fried them in oil and added seasoning and we snacked on them all night! Loved it. I even used them as a salad topper which offered the same crunch as bacon bits.

If you are going to make them I think it is best to cook the beans from scratch (the quick method) because they aren't soggy and squishy and so they are more crispy when fried.

Zesty Black Bean Crisps
  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 2 cups canola oil
  • lemon pepper
Heat oil on high heat. Add beans and fry for 10 minutes or until crispy. Drain oil and dry on paper towel. Pat off excess oil. Sprinkle on lemon pepper.


KristiACT said...

Those sound so good! I think I will try it. I wonder if you can use beans from a can if you rinse them well?

Lindsey R said...

I think you could. Let me know how they turn out!