Black Bean Sliders with Creamy California Avocado Sauce

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Recipe Provided By the California Avocado Commission
A meatless variation on sliders, these are great for snacks or appetizers for a springtime get together. The creamy avocado sauce makes them taste absolutely delicious.

Black Bean Sliders with Creamy California Avocado Sauce

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A meatless variation on sliders, these are great for snacks or appetizers for a springtime get together. The creamy avocado sauce makes them taste absolutely delicious.

Ingredients:

1 tsp. canola oil½ medium onion, chopped2 cloves garlic, minced1 medium chipotle pepper, seeded and minced¾ tsp. ground cumin¼ tsp. kosher salt¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed1 cup cooked brown rice1 ½ tsp. fresh lime juice3 Tbsp. panko bread crumbs3 Tbsp. minced cilantro1 Tbsp. canola oil– Creamy California Avocado Sauce –8 whole wheat dinner rolls, cut in half2 Roma tomatoes, sliced– Creamy California Avocado Sauce –1 ripe, Fresh California Avocado, seeded, peeled and diced¼ cup minced cilantro2 Tbsp. nonfat plain Greek yogurt1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice1 Tbsp. olive oil½ small chipotle pepper, chopped⅛ tsp. salt

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet set over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until soft. Add garlic, chipotle pepper, cumin, salt and pepper. Sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
  2. Scrape the mixture into the food processor. Add black beans, brown rice and lime juice. Pulse until the beans are chopped, but not pureed.
  3. Scrape the black bean mixture into a large bowl. Add the breadcrumbs and the cilantro. Stir the mixture until combined.
  4. Divide the mixture into equal portions (about 1/4 cup each) and form into patties. If the mixture is too moist to form patties, add more breadcrumbs.
  5. Place the patties on a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap and cover with additional plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Heat oil in a large skillet (preferably not nonstick, so a good crust can form) set over medium heat. Add the patties and cook for 3 minutes per side. If the skillet is not large enough to fit all of the patties, cook them in two batches.
  7. Divide the Creamy California Avocado Sauce between the rolls (about 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon sauce per roll). Top each with one black bean patty and one slice of tomato. Serve.
  8. – Creamy California Avocado Sauce –
  9. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the avocado, cilantro, yogurt, lime juice, oil, chipotle pepper and salt. Puree until smooth.

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