Spicy Black Bean Cakes


2 Tbsp. olive oil

4 scallions, sliced

6 garlic cloves, diced

1 jalapeno, finely diced

1 Tbsp. ground cumin

2 cans black beans, rinsed & drained

Coarse salt and pepper

1 large sweet potato, grated

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 c. fresh breadcrumbs


Preheat broiler.  In small skillet sautee scallions in 1 Tbsp. oil for about 1 minute.  Add garlic, jalapeno and cumin and sautee another minute.  Transfer to a large bowl.

Add black beans to the large bowl and mash with a potato masher.  Be sure to leave some of the beans whole and in tact.  Season with salt and pepper.  Gently mix in grated sweet potato, egg, and breadcrumbs.

Brush a baking sheet with other tablespoon of oil.  Form bean and sweet potato mixture into about 8 equal sized balls.  Space evenly on baking sheet and then press with spatula to form patties.  Broil until golden brown, about 10 minutes.  Flip, and broil an additional 2 – 3 minutes on other side.  Serve with Jalapeno Lime Sour Cream (whisk together  1/2 c. sour cream, 2 tsp. fresh lime juice, and 1 small jalapeno (minced))

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