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From Cuban kitchens come traditional black bean patties with a refreshingly sweet mango and pineapple rice.

Black Bean Patties and Mango Pineapple Rice

  • Serving Size: Serves 4
  • Prep Time: Less than 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: Less than 30 Minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Course: Entrée
Ingredient Description:
2 c. long grain rice, cooked
2 tsp. butter
1/2 c. fresh mango, diced
1/2 c. fresh pineapple, diced
2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 tsp. salt
1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 egg white
1/2 c. Mexican-style cheese
1/4 c. onion, chopped
1/4 c. cornmeal
olive oil for frying
1/4 c. sour cream

  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.  Add mango and pineapple; sauté 5 minutes until fruit browns.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cooked rice, mango-pineapple mixture and salt; set aside.
  3. In another medium bowl, combine 1 1/2 c. beans, garlic and cumin and mash with a fork.
  4. Place 1/2 c. remaining beans and egg white in a food processor and process for about 20 seconds.  Add bean purée, cheese and onion to mashed beans in bowl and mix well.
  5. Shape bean mixture into a 1/2-in. thick patty.  Pour cornmeal in a shallow dish and cover both sides of patties with cornmeal.
  6. Heat olive oil in a fry pan over medium heat.  When water sprinkled into the pan sizzles, start cooking patties, two at a time, about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  7. To serve, spoon about 1/2 c. rice onto each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1 patty and 1 Tbsp. sour cream.