If there’s one event food bloggers get excited about, it’s the Super Bowl. Everyone is posting their recipes this week in preparation for the big game. And, of course, I’m doing the same.
The recipe I’m sharing with you today uses another variety of fantastic dried beans from the N. K. Hurst Company. I can’t say enough good things about dried beans. First, they’re beautiful! The colors are gorgeous. I love to put them in glass jars and add them to my pantry just so I can look at them. Besides being pretty, they’re convenient (long storage life), thrifty (about 1/3 the price of canned), and nutritious (full of fiber and protein). Plus, they’re easy to cook. Yes, I said easy.
I cooked a pot of pintos to get started with this recipe but, since it uses only two cups of beans, it would be perfect for leftovers. My in-house taste tester (a.k.a. BeeBop) gave this one two thumbs up. It’s most definitely football food. Just pair it with your favorite beverage and you’ll be all set. BeeBop said it reminded him in a way of our favorite southern style lacy cornbread. Now, trust me…that’s a recommendation!
Start by cooking the beans. The package of Hurst’s Hambeens® Pinto Beans has a packet of ham seasoning inside. Remove the packet and set it aside until later in the recipe. Look over the beans and remove any that are broken or shriveled along with any debris you may find. Honestly, I hardly ever find any bad beans or debris in Hurst’s beans. Maybe one or two broken beans and that’s about it. They’re pretty darned clean, but they are a raw agricultural product so, just to be safe, check them over.
Rinse the dry beans and put them in a large pot. Cover the beans with water at least two inches deeper than the height of the beans. Bring them to a rapid boil the remove them from the heat and let the pot stand for one hour.
After one hour, add the onion and black pepper and continue cooking in the same water for an additional hour. Add more water during the cooking time only if needed. When the beans are nearly tender, add the ham seasoning packet and salt. Let the beans cool to room temperature or refrigerate overnight before continuing with the recipe.
See? Cooking dried beans is so easy! Up until now you’ve had hands-on of, maybe, a total of 10 minutes if that.
Put the cooled, drained beans in a large mixing bowl. Mash the beans thoroughly using a potato masher, fork, or in a blender or food processor.
I’m going to let you in on something you never knew about me. I rarely use kitchen machines. I almost always prefer to do things by hand. I own a top of the line Cuisinart food processor. I’ve had it for over a year and have used it exactly twice. Both times to grate a large amount of cheese. There’s just something about the noise. I have a fabulous KitchenAid stand mixer. I still reach for a whisk to beat egg whites. I know…weird.
Anyway, once you have your beans all nicely mashed, add the red and yellow bell pepper, green onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, pepper, flour, and egg. Stir everything together until thoroughly combined. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes while you heat the oil.
Heat about 3 tablespoons of peanut oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Drop the bean mixture by tablespoonfuls into the hot oil. Press very gently to just slightly flatten the bean cake. Fry for 3-4 minutes on the first side or until golden brown. Do not try to turn the bean cake until the underside is very nicely golden brown.
Flip the cakes over and fry the second side for about 3 more minutes or until browned. Remove the cakes to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Repeat until all the bean mixture is used. Add additional oil between batches if needed.
Top the cakes with a small dollop of sour cream, a tiny bit of salsa, and a bit of grated cheddar cheese and cilantro.
Note: I am required by FTC rules to disclose that I will receive compensation from the N. K. Hurst Co. for this post. However, any opinions expressed in the post are strictly my own. Always have been. Always will be.
Other bean appetizers or snack recipes you might enjoy from around the internet:
- Roasted Lemon and White Bean Hummus from Simply Scratch
- 7 Layer Bean Dip from Yum Sugar
- Santiago Salsa (Beans and Rice Dip) from The Kitchn
- Black Bean and Corn Wonton Cups from Betty Crocker
- Lemony White Bean Bruschetta from Good Housekeeping
What I was up to…
- One year ago: Turnip Green Dip
- Two years ago: Tomato-Tarragon Soup
- Three years ago: Italian Sausage and Peppers