Recently, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce have become available in Perth. I've now seen them at two separate supermarkets, and this increased availability has allowed me to experiment more with their use. When ingredients are hard to find, and consequently precious, I became very cautious in how I use them. When they can be replaced more readily, I branch out and start putting them in dishes even if I'm not certain how things will turn out.
Last week, I had chipotle peppers to hand, a mango needing to be used, black eyed beans soaked, and an opportunity to make a dinner for myself that wouldn't be eaten by Mr Bite (he was having chicken). The result was one of the nicest meals I have had to date this year.
If you like spicy flavours and a bit of heat, I hope you will enjoy this as much as I did!
Black eyed beans with couscous and
chipotle mango sauce
This sauce can be used with other dishes
For the base -
2 cups cooked black eyed beans
1 cup uncooked couscous
2 carrots, finely sliced
1 red capsicum (pepper), finely sliced
1/2 cup chopped pineapple, fresh or tinned (optional, but enjoyable)
For the sauce -
1 medium fresh mango, finely chopped
2 chipotle peppers with 2 tsp adobo sauce
1/2 small onion, peeled and diced
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 - 2 tbsp maple syrup
In a large bowl, add 1 cup boiling water to the 1 cup couscous and whisk with a fork. Cover with a tea towl and set aside, fluffing with a fork after 5 minutes.
Roughly chop the chipotle peppers, and then combine all sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cover and bring to boiling point, then reduce heat to low and simmer for approximately 20 minutes, stirring regularly.
While the sauce is simmering, cook the carrots and capsicum in the top half of a vegetable steamer (you could also stir fry them in a non-stick pan, if you don't have a steamer). When the vegetables are nearly cooked, add the black eyed beans to heat them through. Just before serving, add the pineapple to heat this through.
Combine the couscous, black eyed beans, vegetables and pineapple on a plate. Top with the chipotle mango sauce and serve.
I ate this for dinner, and then I ate the leftovers for lunch on consecutive days. I think I could happily have eaten it for lunch and dinner and snacks all in a single day, and only the desire to make it last prevented me from doing so. Mango and chipotle seem to be very good friends, and I think this will be on regular rotation from now on.
I am sending this to Ricki's Wellness Weekend 17th to 21st January 2013.
Do you use chipotle peppers regularly?
What are you like with 'rare' ingredients - do you use them immediately or ration them with caution?