Pleasing a Janorexic is hard…Fortunately, I know that deep down inside there’s even a little foodie in Jan’s heart too! With the right tools YOU TOO can please your Janorexic roommate!
Here are the steps:
1. Find some foodie common-ground…in this case, we BOTH LOVE black bean burgers. She wont eat fries, but when I told her they were baked she was all in!
2. Search the world (the internet world that is) for the all-time best homemade black bean burger recipe. It’s gotta have 5 stars, nothing short of 5 will do!
3. Create some sort of a aioli or sauce that smells good enough for your Janorexic to taste. This is the hardest part and could get tricky, it may even require some wrestling and an “OPEN UP JAN!” with the spoon swirling around her face in true airplane fashion (complete with sound effects).
4. Sit back and gloat in your success. Good job! You fed your Janorexic and she LOVED IT (I have photo’s to prove it!)
Now let the low-down commence…here are the details!
Black Bean Burger with Poblano-Smoked Paprika Aioli and Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
You’re going to want to start off with the aioli first, as it needs to sit in the fridge for 30 minutes or so.
Here’s what you’ll need for the aioli:
1/2 cup mayonnaise (I love the olive oil mayonnaise and use it the most often for aioli)
1 poblano pepper, cut into 1/6ths for food processing
2 to 4 garlic cloves (depending on the size, I used 4 small cloves tonight)
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
If you don’t feel like chopping up your garlic and poblano, put them in your Cuisinart mini-prep (or any other food processor) and chop them up first.
It does such a fantastic job!
Add in your 1/2 cup of mayonnaise.
What a gorgeous color!
Add in the smoked paprika, salt, and cayenne. When it looks like this it’s done (about 20 seconds). Pop in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, DONE!
Now for the Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries!
What you’ll need:
1 to 2 sweet potatoes (depending on how many people you’re feeding, one potato will feed two people)
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
Freshly ground salt
After the sweet potato became sweet potato fries!
Add your EVOO and salt, toss the fries. Bake in your oven at 425 degrees for 30 minutes, turning the fries once.
Now for the main event! THE BLACK BEAN BURGER, thanks to Aaron McCargo, Jr. of the Food Network for the recipe I adapted to meet my preferences!
What you’ll need:
2 (15-ounce) cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
2 shallots, minced (or chopped in the food processor if you’re me!)
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon freshly chopped cilantro leaves
1 egg white, slightly beaten
3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 tablespoon cracked black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
White cheddar cheese (optional)
4 sesame-seed hamburger buns
Mash up those black beans!
Add the onion, shallots, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, Worcestershire, hot sauce, cilantro, egg white, flour, salt and pepper. Mix well with a spoon.
Form four patties.
Heat a large skillet with your EVOO on medium-high. Sear 3-4 minutes on each side until you’ve formed a nice crunchy crust!
Add the cheddar and move to a paper towel lined plate while dressing your bun with the aioli and spinach! Add the sweet potato fries to your plate and you’ve got dinner!
Voila! There’s a flavorscape for ya! BEST black bean burger (okay best BURGER of ANY KIND) I’ve ever had, and I’ve had quite a few! And if you don’t believe me, here’s my Janorexic’s plate to prove it!
It’s just THAT good!