SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE
Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye;
Four and twenty blackbirds, Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened, The birds began to sing;
Wasn’t that a dainty dish, To set before the king?
The king was in his counting-house, Counting out his money;
The queen was in the parlour, Eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden, Hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird, And snapped off her nose.
There aren’t any black birds in this pie only black BEANS so there will be nobody losing their noses, only losing their minds because it’s so delicious! This is a true low-budget, grab whatever you have in the refrigerator and cupboard kind of a meal. You can use a gluten-free crust to make this a gluten-free meal or forgo the cheese and replace the butter with olive oil and make it a vegan meal. Anyway you slice it, it’s going to be delicious!
- 1 can black beans (drained)
- 3 roasted red peppers (drained and roughly chopped)
- 4 pepperoncini
- 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 medium shallot (roughly chopped)
- salt & pepper (to taste)
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- 1 frozen pie crust
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Poke holes in the bottom of the (thawed) pie crust with fork and blind bake for 10 minutes.
While the crust is baking, melt the butter in a medium sauce pan, add the shallots and cook them until softened.
Add the black beans and red peppers to the pot and heat through stirring occasionally.Remove the pie crust from the oven after 10 minutes and spread the ricotta cheese on the bottom of the crust. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and some of the shredded mozzarella cheese.
Pour the black bean mixture over the ricotta, level it out in the pie crust and add the remaining shredded mozzarella on top. Place the pepperoncini on top and bake for 10 minutes (still at 400 degrees).
Let it cool for about 5-10 minutes then serve. If you try to cut into it right away the pie will not hold its form and will ooze all over the plate (which is why I do not have a picture of a slice of the pie LOL).