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Black Bean Salsa & Plantain Chips

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When we lived in Dallas many years ago, we loved going to a Brazilian restaurant in the Knox-Henderson area called the Samba Room. They had some great vegetarian dishes using root vegetables, plantains, coconuts and beans. The spices they used a lot are ones I am familiar with from Indian cooking- cumin, black pepper and cilantro.

A unique and tasty appetizer at the Samba Room was black bean salsa served with plantain chips.

Plantains are a member of the banana family but more starchy. For this recipe, the plantains need to be green- i.e. not ripe.

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I have included the recipe for plantain chips. However, if I am making this for a large get together then I just pick up a few bags at Whole Foods or Trader Joes. Both have excellent, tasty versions of plantain chips.

 

Black Bean Salsa

1 cup of black beans, cooked and washed well

1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut into eighths

1/2 red pepper, diced

1 small onion, diced

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, diced

Juice of 1/2 lime, freshly squeezed

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Salt to taste (start with 1/2 teaspoon)

Optional- 1 clove of garlic, finely diced

Combine all the ingredients. Cover and wait about 15-30 minutes before serving. Can be prepared a day early and stored in the fridge.

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Plantain Chips

As mentioned earlier, the plantain chips in this recipe  should not be sweet.
Traditionally banana chips are deep fried in oil. When I make them at home, I just bake them. They taste quite good and are much healthier.
1- Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2- Wash and peel the plantains. This is the most difficult step. I trim the ends of the plantains,  cut them into large pieces, and remove the peel.

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2- Cut the plantains into very thin disks. Use a mandoline, slicer attachment to your food processer or just use a sharp knife.

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3- Put the slices into a bowl. Add a teaspoon of your favorite oil and mix well.

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4- Spread them out on a baking sheet.

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5- Bake for about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and flip the chips over. Cook for another 5 minutes.

6- Salt to taste.

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