Shockingly, it turns out that at the ripe ole age of 32, I had two friends who had NEVER seen the first Terminator movie. Thankfully, my good friend Austin set out to remedy that, and last night, Kate, Jake, Austin, Eric, and myself sat down to enjoy the film that spawned one of the greatest sequels of all time, and then a whole bunch of garbage movies after that (I'm looking at you, Sam Worthington).
Now to turn this into a Sandwich Cinema event, we needed a corresponding sandwich to enjoy, and at first thought, I had NO CLUE what sandwich would go well with The Terminator. I couldn't think of any sandwiches featured in the movie, nor does a pre-post-Apocalyptic action movie do much to inspire culinary creativity. As such, we decided to Bob's Burger this one and get clever with the name of our dinner, resulting in the "I'll Be Black" Bean Burger (comes with black beans). The burger was GREAT, shockingly healthy, and really easy to throw together / keep on hand for a quick weeknight meal. But before we talk about this burger (and yes, I'm counting burgers as sandwiches), let's talk about The Terminator!
- So, much to my surprise, there IS a sandwich in this movie! Ginger dances her way into the kitchen along with her Toyota-sized walkman to make herself a little snack just before her apartment gets wrecked by the Terminator himself. While I wish I would have known this in advance, truth is, this sandwich looks insane from its discernible ingredients, which we identified as deli meat, bread, cheese, and peanut butter. After the horrors of the Pixy Sticks sandwich, HARD PASS.
- Much like my experience with Kill Bill vol. II, there aren't too many jokes to make at the expense of this movie, because it's fantastic...EXCEPT FOR THE CLOTHES AND THE HAIR. Pretty much every outfit that Linda Hamilton wears is a mid-80s nightmare (oversized Jetsons t-shirt?) and her hair is 90% Aqua Net.
- The 12 people out there who are of-age to read this blog but still haven't seen The Terminator, BE WARNED - there is some really hard to watch eye violence and James Cameron doesn't do you any favors with the camera angle. Eric's comments throughout the duration of this scene, transcribed for all of you to enjoy: "No! Ohhhh! No!!! Don't look. Oh, this is my nightmare. I hate everything. (excitedly) Oh -- are we about to get the famous red eye!?!?"
- Jake - "Kyle Reese is the world’s greatest deadbeat dad / best friend a guy in a nuclear holocaust could ever hope for." He is absolutely right.
- In a near-perfect movie, "The few hours we had together - we loved a lifetime's worth" is probably the worst possible line of dialogue that could have been written.
- Katie - "Before tonight, I told Eric that the only thing i knew about Terminator was Planet Hollywood. And now I say, 'Planet Hollywood with a sequel.' "
Eric and Austin were sweet enough to let us break the well-known and strictly-enforced No Talking rule so that we could get a few of our thoughts and reactions recorded for this blog, and the result was an incredibly fun night! We also ate 2 bags of delicious chips (CAT'S OUT OF THE BAG KATE AND JAKE - WE ATE A WHOLE BAG BEFORE YOU GOT THERE) and enjoyed some delicious black bean burgers. So let's talk about those!
I love a black bean burger, but I rarely make them at home because I'm lazy. However, this recipe was totally worth it and something that I will be making again. Because the ingredients in this recipe make for a more liquid-y patty, you NEED to freeze your patties for at least 2 hours before cooking them. You can also freeze them for several days or weeks and have lunch or dinner, ready to go, in about 10 minutes time! So here's what goes into this delicious burger:
- 2 cans of black beans (pick your poison - unsalted, salted, with jalapeños -- whatever you're feeling!)
- 1 cup of quick-cooking oats (you can use gluten free, as we did, to make this a GF recipe)
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 cup sliced green onions
- 6 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 2 large eggs
- 2 Tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- Couple shakes of hot sauce (I used my favorite, Cholula)
- Whatever condiments and fixins you enjoy on your burger (we did American cheese, hot sauce, mustard, red onion, tomato, and butter lettuce)
Step 1: Drain and rinse your beans, let them get VERY dry, and mash them up into a paste-like consistency with a fork.
Step 2: Take your bell pepper, green onion, and garlic, put into a food process (or blender) and get them finely chopped. Then add the cup of oats to the food processor and blend in. Finally, add the eggs, cumin, salt, and hot sauce, and blend it all together.
Step 3: Add the mix from the food processor to the mashed black beans and combine them thoroughly. Depending on how big you make your patties, this "batter" should be enough for 7-8 patties. The mix will be pretty watery. If it's too watery to work with, you can add more oats and/or put it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. I did both.
Step 4: Cut INDIVIDUAL squares of wax paper for each patty (makes it easier to transfer the patties to the freezer without losing their shape). Take a handful of the mixture, shape it into a patty with your hands, and put it on a square of the wax paper. This can be pretty messy. Move this square to the freezer and repeat until all of the mixture is gone. You will want to freeze these patties out in the open freezer air for 2 hours so that the patties will not lose their shape when cooking. You can either cook the patties at this point, or you can transfer them to freezer bags or containers and keep them in the freezer for a few days or weeks, ready to use at any time!
Step 5: Once you're ready to cook and eat, cook your patty in a skillet with some oil on medium heat (5-7 minutes per side) and assemble your burgers to your taste!
These stayed really really moist, despite getting a good crisp on the exterior, and were incredibly filling! I will absolutely be making a big batch of these again on an upcoming weekend and keeping them in my freezer for easy, healthy weeknight dinners. Try 'em out, eat them with some good friends, and if you haven't seen The Terminator yet, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE!? GO! WATCH IT!