Friday, February 22, 2008

Burger boogie.

Black-Bean Burgers.

So Jen(one of my ladies) is a vegetarian. Since I started PCing she has persisted in requesting homemade veggie burgers. Almost everyday. Frankly, I was a tad intimidated and always got out of it by making something else.

This week I caved. And folks it was beyond easy and frightfully delicious.

The initial recipe was for a Lentil Walnut burger from The Moosewood Cookbook. But I was already making a lentil dish--and I often worry about Jen and Jayne's enormous lentil consumption--so I subbed black beans for lentils and pecans for walnuts.

Lemme break it down.

~Black beans 1 cup (From a can is totally cool-- I don't judge the can.)

~Apple Cider vinegar (Splash, splash--just splash it.)

With a fork mash up the beans with the vinegar (in a bowl, preferably).

In a pan saute the ingredients below in some EVOO:

~1 cup minced onion( I love onions!)

~4 large cloves garlic, minced (If you have a garlic press awesome--it does all the work)

~10 large mushrooms, minced(Any kind will do. I used baby bellas. Chop em' reeeal good)

~1/2 cup smashed pecans or walnuts( put em in a baggie and smash with a hammer! It's fun.)

~Salt and Peppa(Enough. Use your judgement. I trust you.)

~1/2 pound spinach, finely minced (Spinach can be confusing-- especially when its fresh rather then frozen. You'll put it is the pan and think "Whoa that's a heck of a lot of spinach!!"--BUT it cooks down. You might need to add a bit of water to help it along--splash splash. The 1/2 pound will cook down to just a smidgen.)

~1 teaspoon mustard(add it after the spinach cooks down.)

Now combine the beans and veggies! And mix!

Add:
1/2 cup bread crumbs.(Any type will do--you could also use wheat germ or oatmeal.)

Mix some more!

Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

While you are waiting make some sweet potato fries!

~A sweet potato.

~Olive Oil.

~Salt.

~Random spices(cayenne, fennel,oregano, curry--whateva tickles your fancy)

~A 425 oven.

Chop, toss, bake(30-45min), eat.
*Sweet potato fries are far superior to regular fries. Just like golden raisins are superior to the ugly brown ones and stove-top popcorn kicks the tacky microwave kind in the tush!
Now...
Form the burgers into patties. You should get 4-6.

Heat some oil in a pan, and saute the patties on both sides until heated through and crispy. You can also just broil them in the oven for 5 to 8 minutes on each side.


*The sauce in the picture is just roasted red peppers(from a jar) pureed in a mini-food processor.

Wham bam. Do it up ya'll.

...Roman, this would make a fine breakfast.

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