I love Paula Deen. A lot. She's awesome. With all this focus on health and nutrition, she is not ashamed to start off a recipe with a stick of butter. She is great. I wish she was my next door neighbor.
Tonight I made one of her less-buttery dishes for dinner. She claims it's a "snack food" but it was quite hearty and made for a filling entree. It's a very simple sandwich, with mashed white beans formed into patties. But it was delicious! I quite enjoyed them. Before I made it, I was like "ew that sounds awful," but I ate it up very quickly. I will definitely make this recipe again.
Paula's Bean Cake Sandwiches
3 cups leftover cooked white beans
All-purpose flour, enough to bind patties
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
8 slices white bread
1 small onion, sliced into rings
In a medium bowl, coarsely mash beans with a fork and add flour until well combined. Shape bean mixture into 4 patties. Melt butter and oil together in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bean patties, in batches as necessary, and brown on both sides until crispy.
Spread mayonnaise on 2 pieces of white bread. Place bean patty on bread and top with onions. Repeat to make 4 sandwiches.
Yield: 4 servings