Mexican bean burgers

Mexican bean burgers

Mexican bean burgers

This summer may be proving a bit of a washout, but you can still manage the odd barbecue between the inevitable cloud bursts! After last week’s post about vegetarian barbecues, I thought I’d share this recipe for tasty Mexican bean burgers.

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time:10 mins

Serves: 3

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • small bunch coriander, stalks and leaves chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp fresh salsa
  • salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Tip the beans into a large bowl, then crush roughly with a fork.
  2. Add the breadcrumbs, chilli powder, coriander, egg and salsa.
  3. Season to taste, then mix together with a fork.
  4. Divide the mixture into six and shape into burgers.
  5. Now they’re ready to stick on the barbecue. They should take about 5 minutes on each side until golden and crisp.

I like to serve these in fresh granary rolls with corn on the cob and a couple of vegetable kebabs. Just spear slices of courgette, pepper, mushroom and halloumi, sprinkle with paprika, drizzle with olive oil and grill on the barbecue for five minutes. Yum!

Photo: Cowomally

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Welsh rarebit

Welsh Rarebit

Welsh Rarebit

Welsh rarebit is quick and easy to make and is perfect as a snack or a light lunch. This traditional Welsh dish is delicious served with some crispy salad leaves and a tasty dressing.

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 50g flour
  • 50g butter
  • 250ml beer or ale, warmed
  • 250g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tsp English mustard
  • Black pepper
  • 4 large slices granary bread

Method:

  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and make a roux with the flour. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring to prevent the roux from burning.
  2. Stir in the warm beer gradually, until you have a thick, smooth sauce.
  3. Add the grated cheese and stir until melted. You should now have a thick paste.
  4. Mix in the mustard and season well with black pepper.
  5. Lightly toast and butter the bread, then pile up the cheesy mixture on each slice.
  6. Cook under a hot grill for a few minutes, until browned and bubbling.

Delicious…

Photo: Tristan Kenney