Friday, September 18, 2009

Black Bean Patties

Black Bean Patties

1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup cornmeal

Place 1/2 cups beans, garlic, cumin and salt in a bowl. Partially mash with a fork. Place remaining beans and egg egg into a food process. process 30 seconds or until well combined. add to mashed beans in bowl and stir until combined. Add cheese and onions, stir until combined. Divide into 4 patties. Place cornmeal in shallow dish. Dredge both sides with cornmeal. Heat frying pan sprayed with non-stick spray over medium high heat. Add patties. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned.

Changes - this can actually be made with any type of shelled bean. It's great using black eyed peas. I have a recipe in my cookbook Stir, Laugh, Repeat that's called "Georgia Pea Patties." This is a really a spiced up version of that recipe. You can also change the cheese if pepper jack is too hot for your taste. But, if you want it hotter, add a finely chopped hot pepper.

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