Sweet Potato and Black Bean Cakes

There wasn’t much food around the house a week or so ago. I had to shop from my pantry and figure out something to make on short notice (as in I’m starving and dinner should have been 10 minutes ago). I had seen this recipe for spicy black beans cakes, so I improvised and came up with something close to it.

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My ingredients:

1 can sweet potato

2 cans black beans

1 green pepper

1/2 red onion

1 egg

panko bread crumbs

Spices: cumin, salt, pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes

I followed the recipe as it is written, just using the ingredients listed above.

I started by cooking the veggies.

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Once the veggies were done, I left them cool a bit, then added all the ingredients to a large bowl.

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I squished everything together with my hands and made 6 individual cakes. I broiled the cakes, turning the pan halfway for even cooking.

For the sour cream, I added some lime juice and zest, then plopped a dollop on each cake. I served each bean cake on top of some fresh spinach, then squirted more lime juice on everything.

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To my surprise, it came out delicious, and it was healthy to boot. I’d call this a success!

Some notes to make this dish better in the future (there’s always room for improvement):

 – Even though I thought I loaded these cakes with spices, they were a little bland. We even added some hot sauce to the top to give them a little more fire. This could be the result of my using a green pepper instead of a jalapeno pepper. Next time, I’ll make sure to give the cakes more kick.

 – A fresh sweet potato probably would have worked better for this dish. But, we seem to go through potatoes so slowly, so I usually refrain from buying them. That, and the fact that I got 12 huge cans of sweet potato from Costco for $0.97 (it was right after the holidays) led to my use of canned instead of fresh. Go fresh. I will once the other 11 cans get eaten.

 – Spray the heck out of the pan. My cakes stuck a little when I tried to turn them. I ended up with 4 cakes and 2 piles of black bean mash.

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