New to legumes? This simple recipe can be made in 20 minutes.
Recipe adapted from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
Makes 4 servings
What you need:
2 cups of canned white or other beans (cannellini, black beans, chickpeas, pinto beans)
½ cup finely diced onion
¼ cup chopped parsley or other herb
1 egg lightly beaten
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup of coarse cornmeal or bread crumbs
Canola, olive or avocado oil for pan-frying
How you prepare:
1. Add the beans with a splash of water to a food processor or blender and blend until the beans reach a chunky texture.
2. Mix the beans with the onion, herb of your choice, egg, salt and pepper. Add the cornmeal or breadcrumbs 1 tbsp. at a time, until you have made a batter you can shape with your hands without it sticking.
3. Cover the bottom of a skillet with about 1/8 inch of oil and turn on to medium heat. When the oil is hot, put the patties in the skillet and cook until browned on all sides (about 7-8 minutes).
Mexican variation: Use black beans and cilantro for your herb. Add in 2 tsp. of ground cumin and a dash of hot sauce in step 2. Serve with salsa.
Asian variation: Use adzuki beans; add 1 tbsp. of minced garlic and minced ginger in step 2. Omit the parsley and serve with peanut sauce and sliced cucumbers.
All-American variation: Use canned beans in BBQ sauce. Coat the patties with crushed tortilla chips before cooking.