Monday, September 12, 2011

Black Bean-Smothered Sweet Potatoes

Secret Recipe Club

Yes, it is time for another secret recipe.  A quick review for anyone who does not know about the club.  Monthly, we are able to sign up for a secret partner.  We select a recipe from that person's blog, we have been assigned, and make it and post our own version of the recipe, on our own blog.

This group was originally organized by Amanda from Amanda's Cookin'.  The idea certainly has caught on and now there are multiple large groups, posting on three Mondays of the month.  I was assigned to the second Monday so here I am with a new favorite recipe.

I was delighted when I discovered which blog was assigned to me.  The Cookin' Chemist has recipes, beautifully presented and ever so appealing.  I went through the recipes on the blog, noting which ones, I wanted to make.  All of a sudden, I realized, I had a long list and I could not make all of them.  I decided to make the next recipe that called my name.  I had gone backwards and was all the way back to 2009.  I spent quite a while there, enjoying every moment.

As a huge sweet potato fan, this was a natural choice for me.  Recently, I have been adding black beans to a number of recipes so I knew, I even had all the ingredients, ready to cook with.

This recipe is amazingly easy to make and takes little time, as long as you use the microwave, which I did.  I made a few minor changes such as using parsley instead of cilantro (because I grow parsley and don't grow cilantro)

Black Bean-Smothered Sweet Potatoes - adapted from
2 medium sweet potatoes
1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed
1 medium tomato
1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil (at most)
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
2 Tbsp. non-fat sour cream
2 Tbsp. chopped parsley

Wash and dry potatoes. Put in the microwave bag, and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes. Alternately, can bake at 425 degrees for about an hour or microwave without the bag for 12-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine beans, tomato, oil, cumin, coriander, and salt in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave on high until just heated through, about 2-3 minutes.

When cool enough to handle, slash each sweet potato lengthwise, press open to make a well in the center, and spoon the bean mixture into the well. Top each with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of parsley.


  1. Ooh, I've made this recipe (I subscribe to Eating Well and I LOVE it. It's definitely one of our favorites & it's so different from most sweet potato recipes.

  2. What a great pick! Your post makes me hungry BB!!

  3. a very different sweet potato recipe...first time here and following you now

    New event - HLI-DATES

  4. What a fantastic an unique idea for a sweet potato opping! I always go with the brown sugar and butter, but I need to try some savory pairings - this one for sure! Nice to meet you through the SRC!

  5. For some reason, I never think of eating sweet potatoes in the same manner as white potatoes - I love this idea!

  6. I love the flavors of cumin and coriander, I bet these were delish.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Welsh Cakes.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  7. Yummy SRC choice. Love the simplicity of this dish!

  8. Lovely! Now that it's getting to be fall I'm definitely going to be eating more sweet potatoes, and this looks like a really delicious way to do that! :)

  9. How funny that I ended up doing a potato-themed post this time too :-) Glad you like this and thanks for your sweet comments!

  10. Sounds interesting!

    'Aunt Amelia'
    I'm no longer blogging, but the only way I can comment here, is to Sign In from my old Blogger blog. :-)

  11. A combination of sweet potatoes and black beans? I'm in!

  12. I love sweet potatoes, and I love black beans. Great combo!

  13. I had to save this recipe. It looks fantastic!! Autumn comfort food...

  14. Looks yummy and love the idea of the secret club! Thanks for linking this up at Tailgating Time :)


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