when i first ordered the black bean cakes, they came topped off with a dollop of sour cream and a sweet yellow corn,onion and pepper medley as well as a side of star pasta and steamed green beans. i may not have their exact recipe but i do think mine comse pretty close. i have fixed them once before but omitted the pasta and replaced the green beans with steamed broccoli. both my mouth and my wallet were equally satisfied.
this morning my girlfriend asked me to fix them so she would have something to take with her to work since she was going to be working from 2:30 till 11 tonight. who am i to deny her? first i'll start out with my ingredients:
- 1 whole red pepper, minced
- 1 whole green pepper, minced
- 1 red onion,minced
- 1 jalapeno, minced with some of the seeds left in to retain heat
- 1 cup of corn, frozen works fine if you don't have fresh as that's what i had to use
- 3 tsp of olive oil
- 1 can of black beans - i'm a goya fan - drained and rinsed
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon of coriander
- 1/4 tsp of salt
- a few cracks of black pepper
- 1/4 cup of crushed tortilla chips- i personally prefer the baked tostitos
- 2 tbs of prepared salsa
start out by heating the 1 tsp of olive oil over medium heat in a non-stick skillet till smoking. once it reaches that point, add your peppers, onion and jalapeno. season with the 1/4 tsp of cumin and coriander, and add salt and pepper to taste.cook the peppers and onion until they are lightly browned. take your pan off the heat, and reserve half of that mixture for your black bean cakes. return the pan back to the stove and add the cup of corn. cook until the corn is heated through - 3 to 5 minutes. remove from heat once more and set aside. you can save that same pan for sauteeing the cakes.
the next step is to go ahead and mash up about 1/2 the beans. this step can be accomplished with the following tools:a food processor,a pastry blender, potato masher, very heavy hand and spoon. your choice. once done, go ahead and add the reserved pepper medley as well as the 2 tablespoons of salsa and about 1/2 of the crushed tortilla chips. combine all your ingredients with a large spoon and then separate into quarters. form each quarter into a small patty-like form and then dredge each one in remaining corn chips.
- yellow mexican style rice
- avocado salad- romaine, sliced tomatoes, white onion, diced avocado and a dressed with corn oil and white vinegar
- roasted asparagus / broccoli
- bowtie (farfalle)/ penne rigate/ rotini pasta tossed with a cilantro/basil/parsley pesto - pick your p's
- for tonight, i decided to make some couscous and mix it with the corn and pepper medley. this is how it turned out...