The Gorges Bean’s Mini Makeover

The Gorges Bean is like Madonna. It will always have the same soul, but every couple of months it reinvents itself and comes out with a new look. The base of the Gorges is always going to be the black bean hummus, which is made with black beans from the Ithaca, NY area. Since Ithaca is Gorges, so is the sandwich. Its latest reinvention is that it now comes as a layer of black bean hummus, sprouts, and a delicious feta spread with preserved lemons, sumac, and paprika. For those of you who don't know about preserved lemons, they are an amazing ingredient. Their bitter citrus flavor cannot be replaced by any other spice, which makes them indispensable. If you would like to see more recipes with them, check out ourKitchen Caravan episode on Preserved Lemons. Here is a little pic of the sandwich, with the recipe for the Preserved Lemon Feta Spread below.

To make the Preserved Lemon Feta Spread, mix together 8 ounces of Side Hill Acres goat feta. Mix in 1/4 of a preserved lemon's rind chopped into fine dice, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a pinch of sumac, a pinch of cayenne, and a pinch of paprika. Add a squeeze of lemon juice, and stir until creamy. You can use this spread on any sandwich or with crackers!