You won’t believe this (or maybe you will), but I went to NYC for a wedding and returned home the next day with a pile of sweet potato fries in my bag.. oops.
I mean, I had a great time at the wedding, with a tasty dinner at Mel’s Burger Bar (with a bacon, fried egg, & onion ring burger). Baskets of fries on the side. That weren’t really eaten..
I couldn’t help myself. I put some in my bag.
And then, what am I supposed to do with leftover, day old, cold fries from another city?
These are some of the hardest leftovers to make edible again.
Burgers seemed appropriate..
- 1 small pile of sweet potato fries (3.5 oz), or 1 small baked sweet potato
- 1/2 can cooked black beans (maybe 1/2 cup?)
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- dash of smoked paprika
- dash of cumin
- splash of oil
- toppings and buns and things
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Chop up the fries really small and put them in a bowl with the black beans, the cilantro, paprika, and cumin. Some salt and pepper. Use a fork and mash it all up really well. Really really well until you get a nice mush. Mix in the oats.
Use your hands to make two lovely sized patties. In a hot cast iron pan, heat up some oil and add the patties, cooking them on both sides for a few minutes to brown them. Then slide the pan into the oven and cook for a good 15 minutes, flipping once, until it is nicely heated through..
Then add toppings, like cheese! and fresh tomato slices, and a pretzel bun!
Almost as good as Mel’s..
(see those fries in the back?)