More vegetarian meals are always welcome, especially ones that are as packed with flavor as this one!!! The Patties also lend well to baking at 450 for 8-10 minutes, liberally sprayed with cooking spray. I think the avocado cream sauce makes a big difference. These are also easy to pop in the freezer, and pull out on a moment's notice.
Black Bean Patties
Adapted from Annie's Eats
For the patties:
2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed (or 3 cups cooked black beans), divided
2 roasted red bell peppers, divided
2 large eggs
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. cumin
1 chipotle chile in adobo, minced
1 medium onion, finely diced
½-2/3 cup cornmeal or panko (plus more, as needed)
Salt and pepper
Canola or vegetable oil
For the avocado cream sauce:
1 avocado, pitted and coarsely chopped
½ cup greek yogurt or light sour cream
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper, to taste
To make the bean patties, place half of the beans in the bowl of a food processor with 1 coarsely chopped bell pepper, the eggs, oregano, cumin, and chipotle. Process until smooth. Finely chop the remaining bell pepper. In a large bowl, lightly mash the remaining beans. Stir in the bell pepper, onion, and smooth bean mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Stir in the cornmeal or breadcrumbs, a bit at time, mixing lightly just until the mixture firms up. (Pick up a bit and see if it can be easily molded into a ball. If it is too sticky, add a little more cornmeal.) Chill the mixture for 30 minutes.
To make the avocado cream sauce, combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Process until completely smooth.
Form the bean mixture into patties approximately 3½ inches in diameter. Heat about 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the patties in batches, cooking until lightly browned and firm, about 3-4 minutes per side. Serve the patties warm topped with the avocado cream sauce.