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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Spicy Black-Bean Cakes

Because these crispy bean cakes are broiled rather than fried, the recipe doesn't call for much oil, so the cakes contain less fat; they are also easier to make.

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 30 mins
  • servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 to 2 jalapeno chiles, finely chopped (ribs and seeds removed for less heat, if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 cans (15.5 ounces each) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and coarsely grated (2 cups)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • Lime Sour Cream (see recipe, below)

Cook's Note

To grate the potatoes with a box grater (instead of food processor), use the large holes and work over a bowl.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat broiler. In a small skillet over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook scallions until softened, 1 minute. Add garlic, jalapeno, and cumin; cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Step 2

    Add beans to bowl; mash with a fork or a potato masher, leaving about 1/4 of the beans whole. Season generously with salt and pepper. Fold in sweet potato, egg, and breadcrumbs. Divide into 8 balls of equal size; flatten into patties.

  3. Step 3

    Brush a baking sheet with remaining tablespoon oil; place patties on sheet, 1/2 inch apart. Broil 4 inches from heat until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. With a thin metal spatula, carefully turn cakes. Broil until crisp, 2 to 3 minutes more. Serve with Lime Sour Cream.

  4. Step 4

    For the Lime Sour Cream: In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream with 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice and 1 small minced jalapeno chile (ribs and seeds removed for less heat, if desired) season with coarse salt.

Source
Everyday Food, September 2004

Reviews (14)

  • 3 Jun, 2011

    I halved this recipe - omitted the jalapenos and used about 2 tablespoons of egg whites for the egg. I always have problems with keeping bean cakes together (even when I do use an actual egg) but the scallion, garlic, cumin and sweet potato gave it a great flavor. I might mix those into my next black bean burgers. Also, my cakes only needed about 5 minutes under the broiler for one side and 2 or 3 for the second side.

  • 30 Jul, 2010

    We made this for a party as a one bite appetizer (see pics here http://frogprincepaperie.com/?p=300) with a sweet potato sauce and cilantro sour cream and it turned out fantastic. Our guests loved them and ate every last one!

  • 30 Jul, 2010

    We made this for a party as a one bite appetizer (see pics here http://frogprincepaperie.com/?p=300) with a sweet potato sauce and cilantro sour cream and it turned out fantastic. Our guests loved them and ate every last one!

  • 20 Jul, 2010

    These were fabulous! My husband loved them so much that I'm making them again this week.

  • 1 Jul, 2010

    I tried these, and they didnt' turn out crispy like the picture...I accidentally use 2 TBLS of oil to saute the onions -- do you think that was the problem? They were crispy outside/burnt, but mushy inside...

  • 23 May, 2010

    I made this tonight with the only substitution of using 1 can lima beans and 1 can of black beans instead of 2 cans of black beans (ran out). I loved it! The patties were tasty and flavorful, not at all dry. The sour cream made a really nice condiment and went with the veggies and polenta I served as sides. If you halved the size of the patties, I think these would be ideal as party apps!

  • 4 Apr, 2010

    Love this recipe! You can also use greek yogurt on top instead of sour cream.

  • 4 Apr, 2010

    Love this recipe! You can also use greek yogurt on top instead of sour cream.

  • 22 Feb, 2010

    Love this recipe!...I make it a lot and you can control the spice and just add on the side some chopped jalepeno for those who love it hot....the kids love these too....I like to put out a variety of toppings, the green part of the green onion, avacado, cilantro, jalepeno! They are a great side dish or appetizer and save well...I have frozen them too - quick snack and healthy

  • 17 Mar, 2009

    Delicious! I served this was salsa instead of the sour cream. Any number of ingredients such as red onion, sweet peppers and other spices could be added to this basic recipe for endless variety. Healthy and yummy!

  • 17 Mar, 2009

    Delicious! I served this was salsa instead of the sour cream. Any number of ingredients such as red onion, sweet peppers and other spices could be added to this basic recipe for endless variety. Healthy and yummy!

  • 17 Mar, 2009

    Delicious! I served this was salsa instead of the sour cream. Any number of ingredients such as red onion, sweet peppers and other spices could be added to this basic recipe for endless varity. Healthy and yummy!

  • 17 Mar, 2009

    Delicious! I served this was salsa instead of the sour cream. Any number of ingredients such as red onion, sweet peppers and other spices could be added to this basic recipe for endless variety. Healthy and yummy!

  • 2 Feb, 2009

    This recipe is a tasty way to incorporate beans into your diet and your children's. My family really enjoys them. You can reheat the leftovers on a frying pan for a quick lunch. Great appetizer or side dish too. The lime sour cream is wonderful with them.