Last Saturday, despite being extremely pregnant, I managed to attend and enjoy both a very nice birthday party at a nature reserve and the springtime celebration of the Edible Schoolyard at my son’s school–but then I was very tired. On the way home from the school event, I asked nine-year-old Nicholas to help me think of something quick and easy we could make for dinner after I’d had some time to lie down.
He was eager to eat some of the smoked gouda cheese I had bought at Trader Joe’s on the way home from the birthday party. (To my surprise, it cost only a little more than basic cheeses like cheddar at our supermarket.) He also remembered that I’d bought tortillas. “Let’s have a different flavor of bean burritos!”
I felt that cannellini beans (white kidney beans) would be the variety most likely to taste good with smoked gouda. I thought some kind of fruit might be good with them, but we didn’t have apples or pears, hmmm…
Nicholas found a can of pineapple rings in the pantry and announced that he would grill them on the George Foreman grill. This went well, although it was kind of smoky–we opened the window! He used the drip tray to catch the juice that ran off, and used the sort of fingered spatula thing that comes with the grill to scrape off the blackened pineapple juice after each ring. While he was doing that, I heated and seasoned the beans.
Our bean wraps were delicious! Very gourmet, almost bacon-like flavor. Here’s the recipe we invented!
To make 3 main-dish servings, you will need:
- 2 cans or 1 1/2 cups cooked cannellini beans (or other mild-flavored beans)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. dried tarragon
- sea salt and white pepper to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp. of each)
- about 1/5 pound smoked gouda cheese
- 3 large flour tortillas (Alternatively, I bet this would taste great wrapped in lettuce leaves, for a low-carb/gluten-free variant.)
- 6 pineapple rings
Peel and slice the garlic. Saute in olive oil in a large skillet, not too hot. Meanwhile, drain and rinse the beans. When garlic begins to brown, add beans, tarragon, salt, and pepper to skillet. Cook for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, dice the cheese, and grill the pineapple (or brown it in a smaller skillet or in the toaster-oven) if desired.
Sprinkle cheese over surface of beans. Cover pan and turn off heat. Warm the tortillas (or wash the lettuce). Cut each pineapple ring in half.
Divide bean mixture evenly among wraps. Arrange 4 half-rings of pineapple atop the beans in each wrap. Wrap them up.
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