Black Bean Soup
The recipe Black Bean Soup can be made in about 45 minutes. For $1.07 per serving, you get a hor d'oeuvre that serves 8. Watching your figure? This gluten free and lacto ovo vegetarian recipe has 228 calories, 11g of protein, and 6g of fat per serving. It can be enjoyed any time, but it is especially good for Autumn. Head to the store and pick up green onions, pepper, jalapeno pepper, and a few other things to make it today.
In a small bowl, mash one can black beans; set aside. In a large saucepan, saute the celery, onion, red pepper and jalapeno in oil until tender.
Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
Stir in the broth, tomatoes, cumin, coriander, hot sauce, pepper, bay leaf, remaining beans and reserved mashed beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Discard bay leaf. Stir in lime juice.
Garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream and 1-1/2 teaspoons green onion.
Recommended wine: Sparkling Wine, Sparkling Rose
Sparkling Wine and Sparkling rosé are my top picks for Antipasti. If you're serving a selection of appetizers, you can't go wrong with these. Both are very food friendly and complement a variety of flavors. The Domaine Carneros Brut with a 4.7 out of 5 star rating seems like a good match. It costs about 27 dollars per bottle.
Domaine Carneros BrutVintage dated each year, the Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvée represents the best of Carneros pinot noir and chardonnay made into a classic sparkling wine. The appellation is 100% Carneros. The Brut was aged in the bottle for three years before release. It will continue to develop further depth and complexity as it ages.This cuvée has aromas of meadow flowers, pears and citrus peel enhanced with notes of toast, vanilla and spice. The wine is elegantly structured, rich, round and flavorful with the long creamy finish that is the hallmark of Domaine Carneros wines.Lovely served with double or triple cream cheeses, it also matches especially well with oysters, shellfish, fish, poultry, Asian and California cuisine.