Sunday, April 10, 2011

Dinner Tonight -- Black Bean Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries

I’m starting to look forward to outdoor grilling now that warmer weather has arrived.  (I’m also looking forward to flip-flops and summer dresses, but that’s a topic for another day.)  I tried my hand at black bean burgers last week; they were so delicious that I made them again for tonight’s dinner and paired them with sweet potato fries.

Something tells me that these will be even tastier with that oh-so-delicious smokey flavor from the grill…

1 15-oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained   
1/3 cup chopped red onion
¼ cup dry breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons chunky salsa
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon Tabasco
2 slices whole wheat bread

Using a fork, mash beans in a medium bowl. Mix in onion, breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons salsa, cumin and Tabasco. Season with salt and pepper. Shape bean mixture into two 3- to 4-inch-diameter patties. 

Grill burgers until heated through, about 3 minutes per side. Serve patty with lightly toasted bread.

Sweet Potato Fries

1 large sweet potato
1 tablespoon brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
vegetable oil

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Peel and cut potato into long, thin strips.  Lightly coat with vegetable oil and sprinkle with brown sugar, salt, and pepper.  Bake for 20 minutes, turning once.


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