WannaBe Chef

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Burgers are just as tasty. February 1, 2010

Filed under: Meatless — WannaBe Chef @ 9:18 pm

Tonight’s dinner turned out a little different than expected.  The recipe is called “Spicy Black-Bean Cakes” but they didn’t really come out that way.  The picture in the cookbook showed them as cute, small, crispy, and almost appetizerish little bites.  However, the recipe made a huuuge amount, and dividing it into 8 patties like the recipe said gave me huuuge burgers instead of cakes.  They took a lot longer to get crunchy, but the final product turned out creamy inside and crunchy outside, mmm mmm!  These would definitely be a great substitute for your standard veggie burger. 

Spicy Black-Bean Cakes
Recipe from Great Food Fast: From the Kitchens of Martha Stewart Living

2 Tbsp olive oil (I used closer to 1 tsp)
4 green onions, sliced
6 garlic cloves (I used about 1 Tbsp of minced garlic from the jar)
1-2 jalapenos, finely chopped
1 Tbsp cumin
2 (15.5 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
salt and pepper
1 large sweet potato, peeled and grated (about 2 cups)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs

– Heat the broiler.  Sautee the oil, green onions, jalapenos, and garlic in a small skillet until softened.  Add the cumin and sautee for 30 seconds until fragrant.  Transfer to a large bowl.
– Add the beans to the bowl and mash with potato masher, leaving about 1/4 of the beans whole.  Season generously w/salt and pepper.  Fold in the potato, egg, and breadcrumbs.  Divide into 8 balls and form each into a patty. 
– Grease a foil-lined baking sheet and place patties on pan.  Broil 4 inches from the heat until browned, 8-10 minutes (mine took longer).  Turn the patties over and broil on the other side until brown.  Serve with lime sour cream.

Lime sour cream
1/2 cup light sour cream (I used plain greek yogurt)
1 jalapeno, minced
2 tsp fresh lime juice


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