Monday, April 13, 2009

Spicy Black Bean Cakes with Lime Cream

Recently, Kristina Drociak, from Stonyfield Farm, contacted me and asked me if I had heard of OIKOS Organic Greek Yogurt. She mentioned that it was a great substitute for sour cream and mayonnaise, and a wonderful way to make lower-fat dishes. I told her that I had heard of it and actually kept it in my fridge and used it as a substitute in almost every dish I prepared that called for sour cream and even in baking. I was so excited when she sent me some coupons in the mail!
I like to get the large containers of plain Oikos that I use for cooking/baking and the smaller containers that are flavored with blueberries or honey, to eat for snacks. The great thing about it, is how natural it is and also, that it isn't too sugary sweet. That is my main problem with most yogurts out there. They are so sweet and sugary, it just doesn't seem that they can really be healthy. I also like how Oikos is thick and creamy and natural.
My friends mother found this recipe for Spicy Black Bean Cakes on and sent me the link because she thought it looked like something I would like. Guess what? She was sooo right.
I really love black beans and this was a really great recipe. You cook up some onion, garlic, spices and then add the black beans and mash up the mixture a little bit. Add some shredded sweet potato, an egg and bread crumbs, and you have great little patties. To keep it healthy, they are baked in the oven and they get nice and crisp.
They are paired with a spicy lime cream (This is where the Oikos came in) and I also served sliced tomatoes on the side. We had these for dinner and I will definitely make them again. Yum!

Spicy Black Bean Cakes with Lime Cream from
Lime Sour Cream:
1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream (I used Plain Oikos Greek Yogurt)
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 small fresh jalapeno pepper, minced
salt to taste
Bean Cakes:
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 green onions, thinly sliced
6 cloves garlic, pressed
2 fresh jalapeno peppers, finely diced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 (14.5 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
salt and black pepper to taste
2 cups grated raw sweet potato
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup plain dried bread crumbs
1. To prepare lime sour cream, mix the sour cream, lime juice, 1 small minced jalapeno, and salt together in a small bowl. Cover, and refrigerate.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook green onions until softened, about 1 minute. Stir in garlic, 2 diced jalapenos, and cumin; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
3. Transfer contents of skillet to a large bowl. Stir in black beans, and mash with a fork. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix in sweet potatoes, egg, and bread crumbs. Divide into 8 balls, and flatten into patties.
4. In the oven, set cooking rack about 4 inches from heat source. Set oven to broil. Lightly grease baking sheet with 1 tablespoon oil.
5. Place bean patties on baking sheet, and broil 8 to 10 minutes. Turn cakes over, and broil until crispy, about 3 minutes more. Serve with lime cream.

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Engineer Baker said...

Oh, I absolutely love Greek yogurt. I've never tried the Oikos brand (you know how long it took to get *any* greek yogurt in my grocery store? too long!), but it looks like it would pair perfectly with those black bean cakes.

Meghan said...

These bean cakes sound great. I finally was able to locate some Greek yogurt in my area. It's expensive but worth it for special treats!

Jules Someone said...

This sounds like something I would LOVE.

Steph said...

I love beans in anything! Another great dish!

La Bella Cooks said...

The lime cream sounds amazing! Your photos are always perfect. It has been so long since I have had black bean cakes, but I would love to give them a try again with the lime cream. Great recipe!

Anonymous said...

I love greek yogurt and those black bean cakes look delicious. YUM.

Risa said...

This looks delicious! I love using Greek yogurt and have never tried it in this capacity. Thanks for sharing!

Sophie said...

Yum! Congrats on the free coupons. I love getting ideas for tasty sides from your blog. It's funny you mention the greek yogurt because I've so been wanting to try it (never have!) I am going to make these this weekend. I promise to post back here when I have, I have a huge list of things I want to try--this one's at the top! :)

Kerstin said...

Yum - I love sweet potatoes and black beans together and the lime cream sounds like it would compliment the cakes perfectly!

Jacque said...

Oh, those look really tasty!

I haven't tried Greek yogurt yet... guess I need to :)

Aggie said...

I so want some of these!! I love love love Greek yogurt and am using it for everything lately. Great recipe!