I haven't done a lot of cooking this summer. By that I mean that I haven't made full meals for Brad and I, like I was doing a large amount of in the winter/spring. I never knew how much I enjoyed cooking until Brad and I moved. I sometimes feel bad for him, always having to be the guinea pig when I decide to "try something new".. but he always seems to enjoy the food!
Anyways, I got the itch to cook last week and found a recipe for the most delicious sounding sweet potato burgers. Brad and I are the farthest thing from vegetarians, so I was a little nervous to make these but they were incredible. My only suggestion is to make about 5 or 6 burgers, instead of 4 because they were a bit too filling when they were that big. I apologize in advance for any food related posts having terrible picture quality. My kitchen is the only part of the apartment with no windows.
RECIPE FROM HOW SWEET IT IS
Yields: 4 burgers Prep time: 45 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 55 minutes
2 cups coarsely mashed sweet potatoes (about 2 large potatoes)
1 cup cannellini beans (rinsed and drained if canned)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup flour
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cumin
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
2 bulbs roasted garlic
2/3 cup plain greek yogurt or sour cream
1 teaspoon maple syrup
extra salt and pepper to taste
Pierce potatoes (I used 2 large) all over with a fork and place on a paper towel, setting in the microwave. Microwave for 5 minutes, then flip and cook for 5 minutes more. Remove, slice in half and let cool until you can scoop out the flesh.
In a large bowl, coarsely mash beans with a fork. Add in sweet potato and mash together, then add in spices, salt and pepper, minced garlic, egg, panko and flour. Mix together until combined, then place bowl in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. This helps form them into patties, but as a warning they are still somewhat messy.
While mixture is chilling, combine yogurt/sour cream with 2 bulbs (squeezed out) of roasted garlic cloves, maple syrup and a sprinkle of salt and pepper in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth then set aside until ready to use.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Remove mixture from fridge and form into 4 equal patties, then place in the skillet once hot. Since the mixture can be wet and messy, do not move until they are fully cooked and golden on one side! This takes about 5-6 minutes. Then, add more oil if needed (this really helps cook them) and flip burgers very gently. Cook for another 5-6 minutes. Toast buns if desired.