Sunday Night Dinner: Black Bean Burgers and Rosemary Fries (recipe too!)

John and I drove 10 hours on Saturday so for our Labor Day Sunday Night Dinner I decided to keep it easy and thaw out some of Lynley’s black bean burgers. She’d made them at our house months ago and we froze the extras- yay for Lynley and for the freezer.

I’ve started adapting a recipe for spicy oven fried and have turned it into a non-spicy rosemary (with a touch of garlic) fries. After years of the original I think I almost like the new version better. I always intentionally make too many so I can have leftovers for breakfast the next day…sneaky cook that I am.

Rosemary Oven Fries Recipe:
(for 4 or 3 with breakfast leftovers)

3 medium sized potatoes (russet or other)
2 1/2 tablespoons of Olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons of dried rosemary
Generous sprinkles of ground pepper
And garlic salt to taste

How-to:
Pre-heat oven to 450f
Grease baking sheet with olive oil or cooking spray.
Slice potatoes thinner than a French fry, 1/2 inch thick or even a 1/4 inch.
Pile in a bowl.
Add rest of ingredients into bowl, toss to coat.

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Spread potatoes out onto the greased baking sheet.

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Bake for 20 minutes until edges start to brown slightly. Some edges may not brown at all, but the potatoes will have a cooked translucent-ish look. Stir potatoes once during cooking time.

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Done!

We also had sautéed summer veg- mostly squash and zucchini with a little carrot, green onion and whole almonds thrown in.

Before cooking:

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After:

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I added smoked english seaside cheddar to the black bean burgers. Thank the cooking gods we had 3 in the freezer because Josh joined us for dinner.

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Labor Day had always been the unofficial last day of summer to me, so I had to send it off with a lemon shandy ale. It only seemed right.

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My plate with some sugar snap peas and watermelon too.

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We talked about our trip to Indiana and the fire breathing dragon we saw along the highway, a cool comic book store in Bloomington (John’s childhood dream realized) and of course the Dr. Who season premiere.

For dessert it was chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches from a local dairy, Shatto.

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After admitting that we all 3 had already had ice cream that day we dug into a true last day of summer treat.

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Yeah, I wussed out and ate only half, BUT that means I have dessert for tonight too! See, that freezer thinking ahead really can pay off.

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