Friday, March 6, 2015

Black Bean Cakes

Black Bean Cakes

Here's one of my favorite recipes from the USU Extension Booklet "Top 10 Meals Under 10 Dollars." It's extremely flavorful, yet a low-fat protein! Enjoy!

Talk about "knock your socks off"! These bean cakes end up crispy and crusty on the outside, but oh so tender and creamy on the inside. A true study in contrasts, this dish is elevated to notches unknown when served garnished with your favorite guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. 

7 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion (5 to 6 ounces), diced
2 teaspoons minced garlic
½ cup all-purpose flour (preferably whole wheat)
2 tablespoons Cajun Seasoning*
2 (15.5-oz.) cans black beans, drained and quickly rinsed (or 3 cups cooked beans)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
1 egg, lightly beaten
 ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
 ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 ½ teaspoon ground cumin
 ½ teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons hot sauce

1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. When it is hot, add the onion and cook until soft and lightly caramelized, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
 2. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Place the flour in a shallow bowl or plate and stir in the Cajun seasoning. Set aside.
3. In a medium mixing bowl, mash the black beans well with the back of a fork — the mixture should be relatively smooth, with no whole beans remaining. Stir in the cooled onion mixture, cilantro, egg, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander and hot sauce and mix well.
4.  Divide the mixture into 8 evenly sized patties (about 1/3 cup each). Heat the remaining 6 tablespoons olive oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, dust the patties in the seasoned flour mixture and carefully transfer them to the hot skillet (the cakes will be delicate). Cook the cakes until golden brown on both sides and heated through, about 2 minutes per side. If necessary, season with more salt. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve immediately.

 Yield: 4 servings *You can buy Cajun seasoning at the store or make your own with this combination of spices. It's very handy to have in your cupboard, and tastes great on baked potato wedges!

 Homemade Cajun Seasoning:
 2½ tablespoons paprika
 2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
 1 tablespoon black pepper
 1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

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