RECIPE TITLE "Black Bean Cakes - Tories de Frijoles Negros"
Source: Cuba Cocina! Copyright 1994 by Joyce Lafray
Serves 4 to 6 --- easy
Here is still another use for leftover beans.
7 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup chopped red onion
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup chopped green bell popper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 caps cooked or canned black beans, rinsed
1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 egg beaten with 1/3 cup low-fat milk
1/2 cup fine dry brand crumbs, mixed with 1/2 teaspoon confectioners' sugar
Chopped fresh parsley
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Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a saucepan, add flour, and whisk to a light roux. Set aside.
In another pan, make a sofrito by sautéing the onion, garlic, and peppers in 2 tablespoons olive oil until just translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the cumin and combine well, then add the cooked beans. Stir in the roux and continue to stir until the mixture becomes thickened, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Add the chopped cilantro. Form into 6 to 8 cakes and refrigerate until firm.
Coat each cake with the egg mixture and then with bread crumbs. Sauté cakes in remaining olive oil until nicely browned. Top each cake with a dollop of sour cream and chopped parsley.
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