Wednesday, June 08, 2011

*unburger. (i'm sensing a theme here.)

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People, this is not health food. Though at this rate, that probably should be the new name of this blog:

It isn't easy to cook for a single person, especially a single person with an extraordinarily low tolerance for monotony, an extreme commitment to thrift, and an eye-roll-worthy distaste for leftovers.

Well, that's not entirely accurate. I sometimes enjoy monotony very much, and have been known to eat many of the same things over and over and over again. (See: Cheez-Its, goldfish crackers, chicken sandwiches, etc.) And my commitment to thrift has a tendency to come and go whenever it is convenient for me. (See: shoes and Cheez-Its.)

I do, however, dislike leftovers—that slump of defeat it's all too easy for single people to slide into when eating out, driving through, or microwaving seems infinitely more appealing than eating for days reheated meals from the same recipe, most of which seem to be composed with only the four-or-more in mind.

And while I find absolutely nothing wrong with going to my local Mexican restaurant for nights on end, I get creatively stymied if I try that approach when I'm on the Woodside, in my own sagging kitchen. (Truly, I've been spending a lot more time there lately, and those baby blue laminate countertops are starting to get on my nerves.)

If you read yesterday's post (and I know you did, you loyal reader, you), you have a good sense of the ingredients I was working with. You might not be aware that I also had a bag of freezer fries on hand, but only if you don't know me particularly well. I consider this to be part of my emergency readiness plan: Find dog. Find fire exits. Find potatoes.

Always be prepared, I say.

I also recently discovered that my not-all-that-great local grocery store sells pretty great ciabatta, which is quite a surprise in my neighborhood. That was all I had to buy to make this meal happen.

This one was pretty straightforward—no big revelations or caveats—because it is, after all, a sandwich. A sandwich I topped with no less than cheese, egg, and mayonnaise, and served with French fries. It was simple and satisfying and delicious, and not in the least like what I ate the night before.

But this is not health food, people.

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Black Bean-Chicken "Burger" with Sunny Side Up Egg
¼ (15-ounce) can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
¼ cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
¼ cup red onion, diced
Pinch of ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Fresh lime juice, to taste
Mayonnaise, to taste
Sriracha, to taste
½ cooked chicken breast, shredded
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 slice Cheddar cheese
1 ciabatta roll, halved
1 large egg
Iceberg lettuce

1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl, and mash with a potato masher. Set aside.

2. Combine mayonnaise and sriracha in a small bowl, set aside.

3. Combine chicken and black bean mixture; shape into a patty. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat; add patty, and cook 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until lightly golden and heated through. Top with cheese, cover, and cook until cheese melts.

4. Place lettuce on bottom half of ciabatta roll; top with cooked burger.

5. Crack egg into skillet; cook, over medium-low heat, until whites are set but yolk is still runny. Top burger with sunny side up egg.

6. Spread mayonnaise mixture over top half of ciabatta roll, and place over egg. Serve with French fries, if desired. Makes 1 serving.


Jen H says:
at: 10:33 PM said...

This sounds amazing! I don't love leftovers but have learned to be creative with them when cooking for just 2 especially since the hubs may dislike them more than you! This will absolutely go into my rotation for the next time I have leftover chicken.

Tupper Cooks! says:
at: 11:39 AM said...

That's sweet- love the idea of the egg and it's yolk on the chicken. My kind of messy sammie.

K. says:
at: 1:58 PM said...

haha you know i love the chicken/egg combo, but it does always make me feel vaguely guilty ...

Unknown says:
at: 9:46 PM said...

Made your recipe tonight with a few changes. Delicious, thanks for sharing!!



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