Had a free afternoon today due to storm (no work!!), and decided to use it productively, by cooking some of the meals i'd planned to eat during the week, and freezing a few. In prep for my fourth item, I had planned to make some kind of black bean cake/burger , but none of the recipes i found on the net were really doing it for me.
Lo and behold i open my old recipe journal and find the recipe for Picadillo Chimichangas that was still hanging out in there ( it pre dates my vegetarian days )..this was a wonderful dish my sister used to make for me every birthday. I loved it, but i don't eat meat anymore. But voila, the black bean cake recipe was born !!! (i also took inspiration from another post of mine, where someone stated that they used ground leftover potato chips to coat chicken or what not). I haven't even fried them up yet, and they tasted great to me !!! And totally vegetarian !!!
Here goes !! (for the meat eaters, the recipe started out with 1 lb of ground beef, i sub'd beans)
PICADILLO BLACK BEAN CAKES:
-->fry the following up in a saucepan with a bit of oil:
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium tomatoes chopped
1 medium apple, peeled and finely diced
1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons sliced green olives (i diced these a bit)
1 tablespoon jalapeno peppers, diced
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar (i used Splenda)
1/2 teastpoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup slivered almonds
-->mash up one 19 ounce can black beans, add the fried mixture to this.
-->to bind this up I ground up sweet potato cinnamon Pringles in my coffee grinder, added a bit of flour to this....and then used a couple of spoonfulls to the bean mixture.
-->i plan to roll them in the remainder of the sweet potato flour and fry them in pattys!