Snackin’ With Sarah Sellers: ‘Idol’ Vegas Week Night 3 Viewing Nosh

Season 10 alum and cool food blogger Sarah Sellers has been posting her viewing-party snack recipes in Reality Rocks for two "Idol" seasons now, and she's back this year to get your mouth watering every night of Season 12.

Tonight, Vegas Week continues with the 10 more female semifinalists, so for tonight's viewing, Sarah is naturally inspired the Southwest. Enjoy!

Black Bean Bruschetta

Black Beans

  • French baguette

  • olive oil spray

  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced

  • 1 tsp jalapeno, diced

  • 1 large garlic clove, minced

  • 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1/2tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • 1 tbsp heavy cream


  • 1/2 avocado, diced

  • 1 tbsp red bell pepper, diced

  • 1/4 tsp jalapeno, diced

  • 1.5 tbsp cilantro, minced

  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper

  • 1 oz queso fresco, crumbled

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Slice the baguette into eight thick slices, around half an inch, and spray with the olive oil spray. Bake until warm and crispy. Remove from oven and set aside.

Heat one teaspoon of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Sauté the onion and jalapeno until softened, around five minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant.

Add the black beans and next five ingredients, through the chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Simmer until the liquid has reduced by 1/4 cup, 15-20 minutes.

While the black beans cook, combine the avocado and next five ingredients in a small bowl, through the black pepper, reserving half a tsp of cilantro for garnish. Set aside.

Swirl the cream into the beans and, using a potato masher, mash the beans until nice and creamy. Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.

Spoon the black beans on top of the bread and top with a tablespoon of the relish. Sprinkle with the cheese and cilantro.

Bon appetit!

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