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Adventures in Cooking

Today I was a little over ambitious. At 10 am I decided to cook a few different meals and 2 different desserts. I had an encore request from my daughter for the chicken and cheese balls and I wanted to try a new veggie black bean burger recipe. Everyone in the family likes different things so I can never just make one meal. My daughter won’t touch the veggie burgers and one of the desserts that had walnuts in it and my husband doesn’t want anything with too much chocolate. So I usually wind up feeling like a waitress taking orders in a restaurant.

I wanted to find something to do with my black beans because my husband tends to be a bargain shopper. This is a good thing except that he sometimes brings home things in bulk whether we need them or not. We had a big case of black beans so now I have some ideas of different things to do with them. Here’s the recipe.

Black Bean Burgers

(original URL: http://www.allthecooks.com/black-bean-burgers.html)


3 can – black beans — rinsed and drained

2/3 cup – onion — finely chopped

1/4 cup – red bell pepper — finely chopped

1 tablespoon – jalapeno pepper — finely chopped

1 teaspoon – ground cumin

3 tablespoon – sesame seeds — roasted

1 tablespoon – lime juice

1 teaspoon – salt

1/2 teaspoon – pepper

2 tablespoon – vegetable oil

Serves 8.


1 In large bowl, mash beans until most are smooth, leaving some intact. Add onion, bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, cumin, sesame seeds, lime juice, salt and pepper; mix well. Divide mixture into 8 equal patties about 3-1/2 inches in diameter. In large heavy fry pan, heat oil over medium-low heat. Cook patties, in batches, for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned, tuning once and adding more oil if necessary. Carefully remove burgers from fry pan to platter and tent with foil. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

2 Makes 8 burgers.

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Of course, I made revisions based on what I had to work with. I didn’t have sesame seeds or lime juice and I used EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) instead of vegetable oil.  Instead of frying them in a frying pan I used another handy kitchen gadget – The Perfect Pancake maker.

Here’s the end result

They came out a little burned. My husband’s critique: “they taste like burned black beans but they’re OK.” I have to admit, he was pretty accurate. But they were still tasty. Next time I know how long to cook them.

These are the desserts I made.

A word of advice (and caution) when being adventurous in the kitchen. Make sure you have taste testers in addition to yourself. I tried out everything (chicken, cheese, potatoes, black beans, chocolate, peanut butter, etc.) These things don’t work so well together.

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