Friday, April 3, 2009

Black Bean Burgers and Sweet Potatoe Fries

Here is a recipe for black bean burgers. I modified the original from Veganomicon.

This recipe makes enough for 6 with plenty of left overs for lunches (about 12 burgers). you can freeze the cooked burgers as well. you can 1/2 pretty easily if you are not feeding an army.

4 cups cooked black beans (or two 15 oz cans drained and rinsed)
1 cup wheat gluten (or vital wheat gluten)
2 tsps cumin
4 tsps chili powder
2 tsps ground coriander (optional)
1 small onion chopped fine
1 cup rolled oats (not quick oats)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup water
4 tbls canola oil (plus more for frying)
4 cloves garlic pressed

mash the beans with a fork until no whole beans are left don't go crazy, just no whole beans, add oats, gluten, spices, onion and garlic, mix with a fork. add ketchup and water, and oil, mix again, then knead with hands until thoroughly mixed. the gluten will start to form strings. put aside while you make the yummy fries

make patties, you can divide into 12 equal parts first if you want. squish it into a good ball and then flatten to a patty.
now heat a cast iorn or non stick skillet over medium heat. i use below medium with a cast iorn because of smoking. when hot, add thin layer of oil to pan. fry burgers about 5 minutes on each side. press down with spatula before flipping and again after.
we serve them on wheat toast

these are great any way
mexi style with sliced avocado, salsa, lettuce tomato and onion
or straight up, ketchup, mayo (veganaise) mustard, pickles, lettuce, tomato onion
my boys like to put sweet fries right on the burgers

these fries are a top ten food with everyone here especially indigo! he eats more than anyone else.

sweet potato fries

2-5 sweet potatoes
garlic powder or granulated garlic
black pepper
canola or olive or grape seed oil

peel and cut sweet potatoes in half and then into basic fry shapes, don't be too picky
place in a bowl
douse with a good amount of oil you want them to be well coated, fat is good for you! and especially good for growing children.
sprinkle with liberal amounts of spices (to taste i guess, we like a lot)
if bowl has a good lid, lid it and shake and swirl until well coated
or just stir it but way less fun.
place fries into glass baking dish and bake a 500 degrees until tender stir every 10 minutes or so. I like to see some browned edges but they are quite soft at that point. just test them. you can't really do it wrong. these are great heated the next day too.

let me know if you make these and what you think

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