Versatile = Black Beans. Gotta love them. Firm, mild flavor, nicely sized. Delish. I like to buy the canned variety, specifically Wild Harvest brand. They come out of the can not-too-sludgy and are still whole and have a very nice creamy texture when you eat them. Not all brands tend to be that way.
This recipe is one of my favorite ways to eat them. It can be eaten as a meal, a side dish, or an appetizer. Meal - serve along with some fruit (this is what I'm having for lunch today) or wrap it up in a flour tortilla for a bbq bean burrito. Side Dish - would be yummy with a thick slab of meat on the side. Appetizer? Serve along with your favorite corn chips for dipping. It's a little sweet - but the green onion helps to offset it. As well, the sweetness is very dependent on the BBQ sauce that you use.
BBQ Black Beans
Serves 4 as a Side Dish
1 (15-oz) Can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 Cup BBQ Sauce
1/2 Cup Cheddar or CoJack Cheese
3 or 4 Green Onions, cleaned and sliced
Step 1: Place the black beans in a microwave-safe bowl and mix in the BBQ sauce. Place the bowl in the microwave, covered with a paper-towel, and cook on high for 2 minutes.
Step 2: Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave and stir the beans. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the BBQ beans. Return the bowl to the microwave, place paper-towel on top again. Heat on high for 1 minute.
Step 3: Remove the bowl from the microwave, sprinkle the beans with the sliced green onions and serve.