Monday, November 22, 2010

Black Bean & Mango Salsa in Cheddar Cups

Here's another tasty appetizer from our Unhalloween Halloween Party. Unlike most recipes, I didn't alter this one and followed Martha Stewart's directions step-by-step. It was a unique, crowd-pleaser and you must try it!

To make it, you'll need:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pink of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 15 oz. can drained, rinsed black beans
  • 1 mango peeled and cut into 1/4 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped
  • 1 scallion thinly sliced
  • 1 small jalapeno chili seeded and finely chopped
  • 12 ounces sharp orange cheddar, medium grated
  • Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper

  • Beans
    • Whisk together lime juice, oil, cumin and cayenne in a bowl.
    • Add beans and toss well to coat.
    • Season with salt and pepper.
    • Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight,
  • Mango
    • Toss together mango, cilantro, scallion and jalapeno in a medium bowl. 
    • Refrigerate covered until ready to serve.
  • Cheddar cups:
    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and have a standard muffin tin ready.
    • Sprinkle one tablespoon of cheese on a non-stick baking sheet to form approx. a 3-inch diameter. Make a few more circles. 
      • Don't make too many at once as you will need to work with them immediately.
    • Bake until circles appear lacy and sizzle in the middle (3-7 minutes and rotating if necessary).
    • Using a spatula, immediately transfer 1 circle to a cup in muffin tin. Gently push down with fingers to form cup shape. Repeat with remaining circles and remove cheese cups from tin when cool.
    • It will take a few practice runs to figure out how long to cook your cheese and how to create the cups.
    • Make the rest of the cheddar cups (you should end up with approx. 18-24).
  • Just before serving spoon approximately 1 tablespoon of mango and 1 table spoon of beans into each cup.
There you go; another great recipe from Martha! Enjoy!

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