Sunday, July 15, 2012

Kickin' Black Bean Burger with Sweet Corn Relish

*Kickin' Black Bean Burger with Sweet Corn Relish*

WHOOO (that was an exhale) it feels good to blog.  It's been awhile, huh?  Feels nice to have the time to sit down and blog, been a little on the busy side which is nice but I missed doing this AND I felt a little guilty that I wasn't posting anything.

So here is a little bit of what I have been up to!
  • My cousin Jake got married, welcome to the family Elise!  The wedding was an absolute blast and it was great to see all the family!  (Another family wedding in August + ours in September, summer of weddings!)
  • Jesse and I painted our dining room orange!  Two coats down and it kinda looks like it needs a third...damn it.  
  • Massive weed cutting + branch trimming in the yard, let's talk about some sweat in this heat!
  • Jesse's grandmother passed away :(.  A woman I never got to meet but who sounds like she had a great life and was definitely loved by family and friends.
  • Jesse and I both biked 50 miles in The Prouty to raise money for cancer research and treatment!  Our team, TEAM HYPERTHERM, had approx 70 members and were able to raise $15,679.50!  Not quite our goal of $20,000 but I think respectable!  Overall The Prouty raised 2 Million dollars!!!!!  "Howdy, we're proud to Prouty!"
  • I've lost about 4 pounds and I'm nearing my goal weight for my second and last wedding dress fitting!  (Nervous!)
Methinks that's all the highlights.

ANYWAY!  Let's talk some black bean burger.  This dinner was REALLY easy to make.  I'm extremely pleased with how it went, it was also pretty quick.  I got the recipe for the corn relish from Cabot - Corn Relish Recipe but I did cut a corner and throw my general feeling lazy flair to it.  Please refer to their website for the original recipe, I will give you my version here :)

I also used a coupon I got for signing up for the Cabot Mailing List to buy some cheese!  Definitely a mailing list worth signing up for, good information and they don't spam your inbox incessantly!  Also, I love getting a coupon for something I actually eat on a regular basis!

So the Corn Relish was a topping I used on the black bean burger.  I'll give the recipe here but then discuss how I used it under the Black Bean Burger Recipe.

Sweet Corn Relish
  • 1.5 cups thawed frozen corn kernels (you can use fresh too!)
  • 1 cup chopped up and lightly cooked red bell pepper (this is a deviation!)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cabot Sharp Cheddar (this is the lazy maneuver)
  • moderate-light sprinkle of dried cilantro (this is a deviation!)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (this is a slight deviation!)
  • freshly ground rainbow peppercorn to taste (also a deviation!)
  • Using a nonstick skillet (on high heat) lightly brown the corn and chopped red peppers, stirring frequently to avoid burning.  This will take approximately 2-5 minutes and some corn pieces may try to fling themselves from the pan.
  • Add the corn and peppers to a bowl and allow to cool.  Once cooled combine with the remaining ingredients and mix.  See burger recipe for use.
Kickin' Black Bean Burger (original recipe found here)

  • 15-16oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic, peeled
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (I used Tobasco Habanero Sauce)
  • 1/2 cup Panko crumbs
OK, I know you're thinking this is going to be too hot.  It's not.  These ingredients only give it some flavor not a burn your tongue and lips sensation!

Directions for grilling: (can also bake at 375 approximately 10 minutes each side)

  • Warm up your Webber and start dancing!
  • Lightly! oil a sheet of aluminum foil
  • Take a medium bowl and mash the black beans until thick and pasty
  • Using a food processor: finely chop the bell beeper, sweet onion, and fresh garlic
  • Stir the chopped ingredients into the mashed beans
  • Take a small bowl and add the egg, chili powder, cumin and chili sauce - stir it up!
  • Add the egg mixture to the black beans.
  • Add the panko crumbs and mix well until the mixture is sticky and holds together
  • Divide into patties (makes approximately 4)
  • Place patty on foil and grill for approximately 8 minutes on each side, will lightly brown)
  • Melt a little Cabot chipolte cheddar on top!
Putting together your burger:
  • Jesse and I decided to make it a a little healthier than your traditional burger.  We just didn't want to deal with all the bread so we lightly toasted a lactose free english muffin and placed a half on the plate (so we each only used a half, not a whole).  
  • On that we added a bit for the corn relish and then placed the bean patty on top of that.
  • We sliced up some avocado and placed this on top and finished it with a little bit more of the corn relish.
  • Since we used so little relish on the burger itself we also had it as a small side...and some blueberries too :)
  • We ate this with a fork and knife.  YUMMALICIOUSNESS!
It's hard to get a reaction out of Jesse about food, especially without asking.  He offered up this gem "Yup, you could definitely make this again."  So, I guess I will sometime!  I hope you all try this one, easy and yummy!  Let me know how it turns out!

I'm pretty willing to bet that if you made this for some company you had over for a cook out they would color themselves impressed!

Thanks to Cabot for the coupon and the yummy recipe!

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