Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Smoky Sweet potato and butter bean burgers

As promised here is the recipe for the burgers mentioned in yesterday's blog! As I said, I had been planning on making them with grated carrot, spiced with cumin and coriander, but I can only presume I didn't buy any carrots!!

Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the finished meal, but this is the burgers before cooking! I was starving....

(Makes 10 burgers. Can be frozen individually wrapped)

2 medium sweet potato, peeled, diced, boiled, then mashed.
1 onion, red or white, finely chopped (I used red)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp chipotle paste (optional)
2 cans butter beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp flour (I obviously used GF)

Lightly fry the onion, garlic and flavourings until the onions are softened.
Lightly mash the butter beans.
Add the onion mixture and the sweet potato.
Mix thoroughly together - I used the masher.
Stir in the flour until well combined.
Form into 10 burgers on a plate and chill for at least an hour.
Fry in a little oil in a frying pan until brown and crisped on the outside and warmed through on the inside.

Serve in a bun, GF or otherwise, with lots of salad, home made salsa and chips

I guess you could also coat them in a breadcrumb mixture, panko, polenta or semolina and cook them on a hot baking tray in the oven........

We had an exciting discovery yesterday - the first egg from my new ladies. It's tiny as you can see by the comparison photo, but they do get bigger as they get used to what they're doing and get older. I'm not sure who laid it, but I doubt it was Ginger as she spent most of the day trying to escape and trot round the garden! She did make me laugh though because when I stomped up to her with my cross face on, she didn't run away, but just hunkered down looking contrite, so I was able to pick her up, give her a stern talking to and pop her back in the run. My previous escapee used to give me the right run around!


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    1. They were tasty and very easy to make up a batch! :)

  2. Your first little egg, how exciting! How will you use it?

    1. I'm hoping there will be another one today and I'll have poached eggs on toast tomorrow.

  3. Yes, what will you do with that egg? I hope it's the first if many. X

    1. Hopefully once they get going, I should get five a day.

  4. It could be her!! If she hunkered down she is showing that she is ready for the cockerel and thus mature enough to be laying eggs.

    You should soon be able to tell which hen is laying which egg, once they all get going of course. Mine are all professional old time layers and I yet have just had the teeniest, tiniest egg EVER!! I 'll put a picture of it on the Blog one day this week. I usually keep all the miniatures but at the moment I have none, as visitors like to have a little souvenir of our chickens and I have given them all away, so this one will start my new collection.

    1. I think you're right. I couldn't see her earlier, so when I went to check if she'd done a runner, she was in the nesting box! She's such a little character :)
      I guess I could decorate the egg and keep it for posterity, but I'll probably eat it!!

  5. They look very tasty, I often make carrot and red kidney bean burgers and always cook them in the oven. I do not have Chipotle paste but am sure that I have a substitute. Dinner tomorrow, Toad in the Hole tonight with veggie sausages, onion gravy and cauliflower and carrots.

    1. Glad you're going to give the recipe a go - they were tasty!

  6. It sounds like a lovely recipe I might give them a try Friday evening. We are having a mixed bean chilli tonight x

    1. We had vegetable and lentil chilli last night with leftovers for lunch today. I think I actually prefer it to the meet version!

  7. Recipe looks wonderful.
    And your chicken story is so funny.

    cheers, parsnip