Friday Night Black Bean Burgers & Zucchini Fries

Tonight, Keith met Nick for drinks after work, which gave me some time to figure out what to make for dinner and relax with Bella.

I decided to try a recipe for black bean burgers I saw on epicurious.com. Since I had a lot of the homemade salsa from yesterday, plus a good amount of cilantro left, I thought it would be a great way to use up some of my leftovers. I read through the comments on the recipe and decided to make the following alterations:

  • Add 1 egg (to help everything stick together)
  • Add a little bit of chopped cilantro
  • Reduce the amount of onion
I used the salsa I made yesterday (which, by the way, is FABULOUS on day 2, let me tell you), and since it already had some garlic, cilantro, and onions in it, I made sure to account for that. Lastly, I made the mixture and put it in the fridge for a couple hours to set so that the burgers stick better. While it set, I drank some beers and watched Dawn of the Dead - hey, it's almost Halloween!

Randomly I decided to look for a recipe for zucchini fries since I still have two left, and lo and behold, I found one and it sounds great! I breaded my fries with this garlic, lemon, rosemary panko breadcrumb mix I had because I thought it would be a great combo with the zucchini, as well as the spicy black bean burgers! Those babies need to cook for 25 - 30 minutes, so while they were in the oven, I went ahead and made my bean burgers into patties and put them on a pan. I don't have a grill, so I broiled them.

Overall, the black bean burgers were fantastic and yummy! I melted a slice of havarti cheese and served them with more salsa on top. They were really filling, too. The zucchini fries were wanting, however. I think the breadcrumb selection was too overwhelming. Next time, I'll definitely make them according to the recipe.

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