I started out thinking I would make little bean “fritters” but ended up making 3-inch patties and wrapping them in butter lettuce to eat. It turns out that the same basic recipe can be used whether you want to shape the mixture into a small ball (fritter), a small patty, or a large patty. I prefer these with Yellow Eye or white beans, but darker beans, even black beans, work too.Recipe: Bean Cakes with Chard 6 tablespoons olive oil 3 green onions, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 cup finely chopped Swiss chard or other leafy green 4 cups cooked Rancho Gordo Yellow Eye beans, drained 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 1 large egg, beaten 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for serving 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 head butter lettuce, leaves separated but kept whole Lemon wedges Serves 4 Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the green onion and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the chard and saute until the chard is wilted, about 5 minutes. Add the beans and mash with a wooden spoon until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let cool. Add the Parmesan, breadcrumbs, parsley, egg, salt, and pepper and mix until well combined. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. Wash the frying pan so you can use it for the next step. Form the bean mixture into small balls or larger patties (see note). Heat a thin layer of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until shimmering. Without crowding the pan (and working in batches if needed), add the fritters or patties. Cook until the bottoms are golden-brown, 3 to 4 minutes for fritters or 5 to 6 minutes for patties. Flip them with a flat spatula, and cook the other sides until golden. Add more oil to the pan for each batch. Place the fritters on a bed of butter lettuce, top with a generous amount of lemon juice and salt, and serve immediately. Alternatively, you can serve the patties with burger buns and fixings.
Bean Burgers, Bean Cakes or Bean Fritters? Call Then What You Like.
From Julia Newberry, my co-author of The Rancho Gordo Vegetarian Kitchen, we have this great burger alternative. We tried a lot of bean burgers and this was the one that worked for us. I actually prefer these as smaller fritters.