Monday, June 20, 2011

Fancy Pants App: Black Bean and Corn Sliders

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I have lived in Boston since 2004.  Since then, every single sports team has won their respective championship culminating with the Bruins win on Thursday evening.  Now, for the most part, I am still a New York girl through and through and this blog has heard me expound on the Giants wins and losses time and time again.  But, my family was never big into hockey. 

So, since I moved up here, the Bruins have been my adopted team.  I have gone to games; I have watched them on TV at bars and at home.  And, when they won on Thursday the entire city erupted.  If you have ever lived in a championship city, a town that loves their sports like this town does, then you know how exciting this is.  Whether it is a little league championship, or the Stanley Cup, towns always come together for the big wins and the big losses.  We’re just glad this was a big win and we really enjoyed the parade on Saturday.

I had been planning to do another “week of” for a while, but really had trouble getting myself together.  I knew I wanted to do burgers and have been planning my last few weeks to incorporate some of the recipe ideas I had.  I hope you will find that most of them are not only delicious but also, healthier than a normal burger.

This one was the perfect way to start the week.  A celebration of burgers, and the Bruins. 

Black Bean and Corn Sliders
Serves: 4 (3 sliders each)
3 cups canned black beans (24 ounces)
2 cups corn kernels (either fresh, or frozen)
½ cup chopped red onion
½ cup Worcestershire sauce + 2 tablespoons (for a truly vegetarian dish, use an organic Worcestershire sauce)
½ cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ cup ketchup
12 brioche rolls

Drain the black beans from the can.  Wash thoroughly.  Toss with corn kernels, red onion, ½ cup of Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, and cilantro.  Form into 12 small patties.  Refrigerate or freeze them for about 20-30 minutes, until hardened (otherwise, they will fall apart on you when you grill them). 


Preheat the grill to medium heat.  Cook the patties 3-5 minutes on each side, until they are browned and heated through.  Meanwhile, combine 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce and ketchup.  Cut the rolls and apply the ketchup to both sides of the cut bun.  Place a black bean-corn burger in between and serve immediately.  Garnish the plate with extra cilantro, if desired.

Since I don’t have an outdoor grill here, you can make these in a skillet; I make them in my indoor grill.  They come out great either way. 

In an aside, I won a $500 Whole Foods gift card for this recipe back in February.  We used frozen corn then, versus the fresh corn I can get now.  But, the results were still spectacular.  Whether you’re a Bruins fan or just want to try something new, these are the perfect, easy, appetizer. 

Or, make them into bigger patties and serve them for dinner!

Until the next time my oven is on…

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