Elegant White Bean Spirals

Last Wednesday, I promised to post recipes that include homemade tortillas.  I aims to be a woman of my word, so here you go:

I stumbled upon this beaut one day when there wasn’t much handy for lunch.  I’d made navy beans the day before for the scrumptious Savory Grain and Bean Pot.  I figured, if you can refry pinto and black beans, why not do the same with white beans and give it a twist?

Let me tell you, my toddler wolfed down this creation – and so did I, without much elegance, as the title would lead you to believe.  It’s too good not to lick your fingers.  Maybe it’s the subtle tang of the yogurt? 

Valentine’s Day is coming up.  If you’re making a special dinner, this is a great compliment as an appetizer or a side.  Think soup, fish, steak, or stew + spirals.  Use your imagination…or just whip it up on a busy weekday when you’re staring into the fridge, scratching your brain for ideas.

Elegant White Bean Spirals


Homemade tortillas

Cooked navy beans (or white beans, pink beans, something light-ish)

Sage, garlic powder, parsley

Butter and oil

Parmesan cheese

Plain yogurt (homemade is the best if you have it!)


Melt butter in a hot skillet and sauté cooked beans.  Add oil (I used grapeseed oil) as needed to make the beans smooth and spreadable.  The butter is mostly for non-sticking purposes and for flavor.

As you sauté the beans, mash them with a fork or potato masher.  Add in the spices.  I use mostly sage with just a hint of garlic (if I feel like it) and a sprinkling of parsley for a little color.

The goal is to get the beans “refried” smooth and tasty, so don’t worry about cooking them for a long time.  Toward the end of their fry, add Parmesan cheese to taste.  Just before serving, stir in enough plain yogurt to make the beans nice and creamy.  I like the addition of yogurt for its tangy zip, and because it makes the beans creamy without using a bathtubful of butter.

Open a warmed tortilla.  Spread a thin layer of white beans over it to the edges.  Roll it up long-ways…

…and cut it into several slices. 



Even pretty when it’s chopped up in a toddler-proof wooden bowl…

Fast and easy for lunch…elegant and beautiful for a special dinner or brunch.  Enjoy!

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