Quite simply, I thought this meal would look fabulous in black and white, as well as in color. These ingredients jumped to my mind when I saw this prompt so I ran with it.
This is a quick blog post, as it’s mainly about the picture!
The recipe follows if you’d like to make some at home. The croquettes are a winner, I must say! If you don’t want to fry them, you can try baking them, but I cannot vouch for the results. I would maybe oil them a tad just do they don’t burn. The vegetable broth I’ve included is just to give the noodles a slightly soup-y texture, so it’s optional. Enjoy!
Forbidden Ramen and Black Bean Croquettes
Free from: gluten*, nuts, soy
Yield: Approx. 3-4 servings
- In a large lidded skillet, heat some oil on medium heat.
- Add your sliced mushrooms and some black pepper to taste, but no salt!
- Brown the mushrooms for about 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Once the mushrooms are browned, set them aside in a bowl.
- In a large mixing bowl, pour the semi-drained beans, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, chili powder, salt, and chili flakes in together.
- Mash and fold the croquette ingredients with a fork until the beans hold their shape,
- Pour some breadcrumbs on a plate (i used about 1/3 cup) and coat silver dollar sized patties of the bean mixture with them.
- In the mushroom skillet, head about 1/3 cup oil on medium heat.
- Once the oil is hot, fry the croquettes ( do not crowd them ) for about 1-2 minutes per side, or until golden and crispy. Add more oil as needed.
- Set the fried croquettes aside onto a separate plate.
- In a saucepan, heat enough water to boil desired portion of noodles.
- Bring the water to a rapid bowl (especially if you are using the same brand as I did) and add the noodles.
- Carefully time the noodles for 3 minutes sharp, then remove them from the heat immediately. Stir them to break them apart and drain the water.
- In each bowl, Pour enough broth to cover the noodles, or use none if you wish. This is simply to provide a soup-like texture.
- Layer some mushrooms and about 2 croquettes per person on top the noodles.
- Garnish with gomashio as you would like.