Hearty Vegetarian Dish with a lot of Potential
For some reason, I was craving beans last night, so I Googled for bean recipes, and I stumbled upon Catalan Sauteed Polenta and Butter Beans. I cooked it up exactly as written, and found it to be very nearly tasty. Something was missing, and I had a feeling it was spices. The only spice this recipe calls for is paprika, which can't cancel out the blandness of the butter beans on its own. The beans are hearty and have a great texture for sure, but they don't contribute much flavor on their own.
The next morning, I decided I'd try to spice up the leftovers before I committed to tossing them. I added more paprika, more vinegar, lots of salt and pepper, and I threw in some chili flakes for some heat. I added some more cheese and held my breath...it was good! All this dish needed was a little more seasoning, and it turned into a very delicious vegetarian meal!
I definitely won't say that the original recipe posted is bad. I just use a lot more spices and seasoning in my cooking, and the lack thereof initially was a little off-putting. However, if you're not a fan of spicy food, the paprika will probably be just enough for you.
This would be a great recipe on a cold evening. It warms you up and fills you up, and it's quick and easy to make. The ingredients are very affordable, too.
All in all, good job on this one!
Pros: This dish contains a ton of yummy, healthy ingredients and is surprisingly hearty for a vegetarian me