Monday, September 5, 2011

Naaru Bean Balls

The Naaru are crystalline beings of the Holy Light. They are not only great champions of the light but their natures are literally light in nature. But like all things, Light cannot exist without the Dark. Sometimes, a wounded Naaru can be drained of their power and become darkened. Darkened Naaru becomes servants of the Void. It is extremely rare for a Naaru to fall into a darkened state and it is a tragic event for all the Naaru as a race. Even more rare is it for a Naaru to be redeemed from a darkened state.

It is this yin yang nature of the Naaru that inspired this dish. Black Bean Croquettes are a fairly common dish for people who love black beans but I wanted to expand my horizons so I created Butter Bean Croquettes as well as light and dark sauces for them. You won't know which one you like more, I promise!

Naaru Bean Balls

4 Servings | Total Time: 20 min | Artisan

  • 1 can Black Beans
  • 1 can Butter Beans
  • 1/2 can White Whole Kernel Corn
  • 1 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Medium Salsa
  • 2 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 pkg dry Ranch Dip
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Slices of Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 3/4 cup Barbecue Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Steak Sauce
  • 1 Tbl Honey
  • 1 Tbl Bacon Bits
Craft: Preheat oven to 425° F. Grease a baking sheet. Drain and rinse black beans. Mash black beans with a fork in a bowl. Mix in salsa, 1/4 cup at a time until moist but still firm. Form mixture into 1" balls, using breadcrumbs to firm them up if needed. Drain and rinse the butter beans. Mash butter beans in a separate bowl with a fork. Drain corn and add to the butter beans. Form mixture into 1" balls, using breadcrumbs to firm them up if needed. Place the bean balls on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan mix ranch dip, sour cream and pepper jack cheese. Turn the heat to medium low and stir constantly until cheese is melted. Set aside. In a small bowl, mix barbecue sauce, steak sauce, honey and bacon bits. When bean balls are done serve them with dark sauce over the white balls and the white sauce over the dark balls. Or vice verse if desired. Two bean balls per serving.

Strategies: You can make extra bean balls and sauce then freeze them for later meals. To reheat them, bake at 425° F for 10-15 minutes. Reheat sauces in a covered bowl in the microwave for 2 minutes.

LFM: Coleslaw and fruit cocktail.

  • Black Beans | $0.50
  • Butter Beans | $0.50
  • White Whole Kernel Corn | $0.50
  • Medium Salsa | $2.00
  • Dry Ranch Dip | $1.00
  • Sour Cream | $1.00
  • Pepper Jack Cheese | $1.50
Total Cost: $7.00
Cost Per Serving: $1.75

Category: Raid Night, Critical Hits

*This meal contains staple items such as spices that you may or may not have in your pantry so your cost may vary.

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