My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Black Bean-Quinoa Burgers

Don't forget your vegetarian friends on the 4th of July. These are heavenly! I could be vegetarian if I didn't sometimes have to have a fried pork chop, chicken livers or lamb chops.

My sister, Sandy, sent me this recipe. She doesn't send many but the ones she sends are wonderful. They freeze great for a quick dinner and can be reheated on the grill. Another make-ahead-meal!

Black Bean-Quinoa Burgers
8 burgers
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1/2 cup quinoa
1 small onion finely chopped (1 cup)
6 oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped (1/4 cup)
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained, divided
2 cloves minced garlic
2 teaspoons dried steak seasoning(she uses Burnt Sacrifice-Santa Maria)
8 whole grain hamburger buns

1. Stir together quinoa and 1 1/4 cups water in small saucepan, and season with salt, if desired. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 20 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. You should have 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa.

2. Place onion and sun-dried tomatoes in medium non-stick skillet and cook over medium heat. The oil on the tomatoes should be enough to saute the onion. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until onion has softened. Stir in 3/4 cup black beans, garlic, steak seasoning and 1 cup water. Simmer 3 to 5 minutes or until most of liquid has evaporated.

3. Transfer bean-onion mixture to food processor, add 3/4 cup quinoa and process till smooth. Transfer to a bowl and add remaining 3/4 cup of black beans and remaining 3/4 cup quinoa. Season with salt and pepper and cool.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and generously coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Shape mixture into 8 patties (1/2 cup each) and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes, or until patties are crisp on top. Flip patties with a spatula and bake 10 minutes more or until both sides are crisp and brown.

Serve on bun with favorite topping.


  1. Well, I don't do coffee or alcohol ~ but I can certainly do the Sweet Tea ~ lived in the South briefly and I have fond memories of the warmth and hospitality ~ Now in MA ~ in the winter would like to find a place to go for 2 or 3 months ~ not sure where ~ Over from JP's a Quiet Corner ~ Happy Fourth to you and your family ~ ^_^

  2. Bev, these sound wonderful. I am going to try them and I will let you know. Thanks again, oh, and I am now following you. xo


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