Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Southwestern Bruschetta (Frugal Food Thursday)

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Thanks to Glory Foods for providing the beans for this recipe!

I love to make recipes with beans - they're so inexpensive, yet so versatile!  I'm always looking for new ideas.  So when the folks at Glory Foods asked me to try their new bean recipe, I jumped at the chance!

I tried their recipe for Southwestern Bruschetta, which was created exclusively for Glory Foods by Executive Chef David E. Francis. Instead of having tomatoes and basil on Italian bread, it had black beans, peppers, and onions.

I made a few changes to the recipe.  I left out the chicken meat that's mixed with the beans, and I didn't add the avocado mixture, as I'm the only avocado lover in the house.

They were a little messy to eat, but still delicious!  Next time I think I'd put the cheese on top and then broil the bruschetta slices, which might keep the toppings on a little better.

Here's the recipe:


1 French bread, cut in 1/2 thick slices
1/2 cup shredded pepperjack cheese
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2-ounces finely chopped cooked grilled chicken meat
1/2 cup drained, rinsed, Glory Foods Black Beans
2 tbsp finely chopped red onions
2 tbsp finely chopped red peppers
1 tsp minced seeded jalapeño pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp lime juice
1 medium avocado, pitted and peeled
1 tablespoon sour cream
Ground black pepper

Heat the oven to 400°F. Place 20 (1/2-inch) slices, cut-side down, onto 2 baking sheets. Sprinkle with the cheese and cilantro. Bake for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheets on wire racks for 10 minutes.

Stir the chicken, beans, onion, red pepper, jalapeño pepper, cumin and 1 teaspoon lime juice in a medium bowl.

Mash the avocado in another medium bowl. Stir in the sour cream and remaining lime juice. Season with the black pepper.

Top each slices with about 2 teaspoons avocado mixture and 1 tablespoon bean mixture. Top with additional fresh cilantro, if desired.

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mississippi artist May 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM  

All of my favorite stuff on one piece of bread! I have got to try this! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Diane Balch May 18, 2013 at 1:29 PM  

I'm pinning this what a tasty yet healthy appetizer. Love the twist on bruschetta.

April @ The 21st Century Housewife May 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM  

Your bruschetta sound delicious - I love the addition of the beans for both flavour and nutrition! Thank you for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.

The Tumbleweed Contessa May 21, 2013 at 2:49 PM  

Awesome...this is just my kind of thing. Glad I saw it on All My Bloggy Friends. I hope you'll come share at my weekly party:

I am going to go get something to share here now.

Best wishes for tasty dishes!

Kathy A Delightsome Life May 22, 2013 at 12:25 PM  

This would make a perfect lunch! I'm ready for it! Looks so delicious! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Jamie Sherman May 28, 2013 at 1:33 AM  

Delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at last week's All my Bloggy Friends - Linda and I look forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

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