Mountain biking? Florida? Really? Yes! Host Chad Crawford and a mountain biking expert prove that even us flatlanders can have some fun on the trails and hills around Ocala. A quick trip to the kitchen for some Black Bean Cakes with Florida Tomatoes with Chef Justin then, a memorable day at the beach as a 7 time champion sand sculptor shows Chad and his family how to turn the sand into art on Treasure Island.
2 15 ounce cans low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed 2 Large Florida tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1/2 cup Florida bell pepper, chopped (any color will do) 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1/2 cup green onion or scallion, chopped 2 large garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 cup all purpose unbleached flour plus more as needed Canola oil or vegetable oil for cooking Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Preparation In a medium sized mixing bowl, add all ingredients except oil. Mix until well combined. Completely mash about 1/3 of the mixture, then re mix to completely combine. Adjust seasoning with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. If the mixture is thin, than slowly add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until its thick enough to for a ball and stay that way.
Place a large sauté pan over medium high heat. When the pan is up to temperature add about 4 tablespoons of oil. Portion out golf ball sized patties and carefully place them in the hot oiled sauté pan. Working in batches, cook bean cakes until crisp and golden brown on both sides. Lightly flatten cakes with a spatula during the cooking process. Drain hot bean cakes on a paper towel. Continue cooking until all bean cake batter is done. Keep cakes warm in a 250 degree oven until ready to serve.
Spicy Yogurt Sauce
Yield 4 to 6 Servings Ingredients
2 cups plain low-fat yogurt 1 lime, juiced 1 tablespoon dried cumin 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped fine 1 teaspoon chili powder Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
In a small sized mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Keep chilled. Serve with bean cakes.