The other day I had another “opportunity” to get creative with the food I had in my kitchen.
This time, it was because I didn’t have the time (or energy) to go to the store for anything. (The last time I had to do something like this, it was because of our butchered grocery budget)
A can of black beans
About 1 1/2 cups of leftover Brown rice
And I always have various spices and sauces.
I had been wanting to make black bean patties some time anyway, so why not now?
First, I peeled and chopped up the yam. Then put it in boiling water until it was fork-tender (about 15 minutes).
While the yams were cooking, I put the black beans, one egg, and rice in my food processor. I added one teaspoon of minced garlic and a teaspoon or so of garlic salt. I blended briefly to mix everything.
Shape into patties and cook on both sides with a little bit of olive oil in a frying pan. Just until heated through. (Be careful flipping them, they don’t stay together very well.)
I will definitely be making these again (probably very soon!), but there are a few changes I would make.
1. I will blend the yams first before anything, until they’re the consistency of mashed potatoes.
2. I will add the beans, egg, and seasonings and pulse a few times.
3. I will remove the blade and mix the rice in by hand.
I think with these changes, the texture will have a better “feel” to it.
I’m also looking forward to experimenting with different spices. This is a pretty basic recipe and can be dressed up quite a bit.
Have you had to get creative in the kitchen lately? What did you come up with?