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Black Bean Cake Recipe

Our college dining hall at Furman, fondly referred to as the "DH," put out a few well-known specialties.

Chicken Finger Tuesday, Quesadilla Thursday, and oh my gracious, those black bean cakes!

The black bean cakes had a cult following.  And recently I asked my friends on Facebook how they might go about recreating the sauce that accompanied said black bean cakes.

Thirty-two comments later from college girlfriends, I was just about ready to give it a try.  Combined with a basic recipe outline from Natalie at Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers, here's what I came up with.


Black Bean Cakes
1 can black beans, rinsed
1/4 cup diced white onion
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1 Tbsp. taco seasoning

Add all ingredients in a bowl, smashing black beans with a fork and mixing until combined.  When mixed together completely, shape into balls and then flatten.  Put on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 20 minutes.

Warm a grill pan on medium heat, and cook each side until it gets firm and warmed through.


Black Bean Cake Sauce
1 part sour cream
1 part red salsa
Taco seasoning to taste

Make at least 20 minutes in advance to let flavors combine together.


I thought that grilled avocados (which I just broiled this evening) would be the perfect accompaniment.  I poked the avocado half with a fork, squeezed on lime juice, topped with a few shakes of Texas Pete, and then covered with Mexican cheese and a little Parmesan cheese too. 


It was a beautiful plate!


Next time I will make these changes:
*Add garlic to the black bean patties
*If I've eaten healthy recently, try pan-frying them in a little olive oil rather than just using the grill pan and a little non-stick spray
*Lessen the amount of taco seasoning in the sauce -- it was a little too spicy for me
*Add lime juice to the sauce for an extra little zing


All in all, my recreation of the DH's black bean cakes was a success!  I love eating a vegetarian meal when I can, and this one definitely tasted like a treat.

7 comments:

  1. April- I love your blog and as a fellow Furman grad- of course I love black bean cakes! So glad you posted this recipe!

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  2. Yum, I'm so glad you wasted no time in posting this. It will be making an appearance this week in the Chalk household! :)

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  3. Your fried fish tacos are on the menu for this week... I think these black bean cakes will be for next week!

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  4. Those look and sound awesome! I'm going to try them for sure! Thanks for posting. xo

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  5. 1. I have to try these.
    2. You went to Furman University in SC? My sister is applying there and its her top choice. I had never heard of it when I went to school but she is so in love!

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  6. Wow...that looks amazing!! Can't wait to try everything.

    xoxo,
    Melissa

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