Not too long ago, I posted what I thought was a recipe I invented: the “Ceiling Cat Special™,” which consists of black beans and rice with ample lashings of yogurt and topped with lots of caramelized onions. Although a reader told me that a similar dish is commonplace in Central America, I have still given the dish a trademark as the Official Website Recipe, abbreviated CCS™.
I’ve finally got around to making a DIY or Build Your Own version of your Ceiling Cat Special. It’s great!
Mind you, my offerings are so varied that this could be a “Where’re the black beans?” trick question. There are dietary restrictions as well as finicky palates in the family, so I leave it up to everyone, and I sneak in as many vegetables as I can.
I used the obligatory black beans (organic unsalted) with caramelized onions (two kinds – red and yellow onions) and Greek yogurt and sour cream. I plated the beans on a bed of fresh baby spinach.
The other offerings are:
1. roasted peppers (red bell, poblano, banana, w/ Scotch Bonnet (but the latter is for garnish, as most people can tolerate only slivers of it); baked cremini mushrooms stuffed with jalapeno white cheddar and minced garlic, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and grated Parmigiana Reggiano (to die for).
2. baked tomatoes stuffed with leftover rice w/ white kidney beans topped with grated P. Reggiano.; roasted radicchio; baked tortilla (store bought and warmed up).
3. chopped parsley and cilantro, olives (and the onions of course).
And here’s the whole presentation—very elaborate (and healthy)!
The CCS main dish is at bottom, surrounded by its garnishes. When I asked “P” if those were indeed garnishes, she replied:
Yes, those are all accompaniments and garnishes for the CCS, along with the obligatory onions and yogurt/sour cream. I forgot the lemon wedges, and the bacon salt shaker for the folks who are allowed that.
I wanna know when I get invited for dinner. . .