Have you heard of/ eaten pinto bean pie?! Or is it just me?
Yep, pinto beans.
Ever had it? Heard of it?
Yes, I did post this on the home cooking board, but I really want to know if ANYONE has heard of it. Is it a local thing in Western North Carolina? I know it's not made/ eaten in Ohio, where I grew up.
A student's mom brought me in some one year. She told me what it was, and I didn't really want to try it, but I couldn't offend and NOT try it either. I took a deep breath and gave it a chance.
Pinto Bean Pie is awesome!
This is the recipe she used. I made it yesterday for some friends, and they loved it, too. It's incredible when warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
1 heaping cup of mashed Pinto beans *
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs, beaten
Unbaked pie shell
* 1 1/2 cup cooked beans equals about 1 cup, mashed.
Blend sugars, eggs and butter until creamy. Add pinto beans and blend well. Pour into 9 inch unbaked shell. Bake at 375 F for 20 minutes, then at 350 for an additional 25 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean.
Me! MeMeMe! I had it in Baltimore, from a vendor in Lexington Market. It was delicious. And yeah, it was a little like some of the sweet bean Asian desserts. It thought it might be navy bean, not pinto bean, but I couldn't tell for sure, just that it was lighter than a kidney bean.
There's a vendor that sells white bean pie at our local farmer's market. It has about the same texture as pumpkin pie, and a similar flavor. It's kind of a neat novelty, but after a couple of tries, we were kind of done with it.
"Is it a local thing in Western North Carolina?"
Not generally, no. From the other posts, it sounds like it may be a more ethnically-based dish.