Cuban Black Bean Patties

"This is my adaptation of a recipe from Cooking Light Magazine (03/07). These black bean burgers are a delicious vegetarian entree and reheat very well in a toaster oven or in a pan. I recommend serving them with rice, greens, salsa and sour cream. Be careful to fully drain the beans and cook the patties long enough so that they will stay together."
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  • Set aside 1/2 cup of the beans.
  • Place the other 1 1/2 cups in a medium bowl with garlic, cumin, cilantro and salt. Partially mash with a fork.
  • Place remaining 1/2 cup of beans in a food processor with the egg. Process for approximately 30 seconds or until well combined.
  • Add bean puree to slightly mashed beans in a bowl, and stir until combined.
  • Add cheese and onion, combine well.
  • Divide the bean mixture into 4 parts. Shape each portion into a 1/2 inch thick patty.
  • Place cornmeal on a plate or in a shallow dish.
  • Dredge each patty in cornmeal until thoroughly but thinly covered.
  • Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Coat with cooking spray.
  • Add patties and cook for approximately 4 minutes on each side or until browned.
  • Carefully move onto plates with a spatula.
  • Serve hot, with sour cream and rice.

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  1. Selena_ski
    This was a great simple dinner. We had it with lime rice and whole wheat tortillas. My husband Loved it.
  2. 884285
    This was a great recipe! Easy to make and the patties did stick together. I served it with Spanish Rice, sour cream and salsa.
  3. Miss Oregon
    Wow full of flavor! Easy meal to put together. I made mine using some evoo to fry. Paired it with a side salad and sour cream and salsa. Will be making again! Thanks
  4. SugarJen
    This was really delicious! The only problem was that it didn't really stick together into patties, but once I rolled the tortillas closed it didn't matter anyway. I think I didn't drain the beans enough. I served this on tortillas with a dressing I made out of non-fat yogurt, light mayo, and a little taco seasoning from a package. The sauce was perfect with the beans! Thanks for posting!
  5. whitneyhill
    LOVE IT! I'm making it for a second time right now. This will be a regular on my menu. I ate mine with salsa and sour cream.


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