Friday, January 6, 2012

207. Experimental Food Adventure

Tonight is about food, mainly because nothing really interesting happened today. In fact, the only thing that happened at all was the fact that I missed a nearly 70 degree day of perfection, in JANUARY, because I had to WORK. I came home feeling pretty disappointed, and at a complete loss as to what to make for dinner. While staring blankly into my refrigerator hoping for answers, I discovered a tupperware container of leftover white beans and decided to try making veggie burgers. Patties. Things...
I'm not really sure what to call them, because they tasted more like falafel without the spices than they did a burger of any kind.

These are the second veggie patty thingies I have ever made. The first attempt was a few months ago, and consisted of black beans and broccoli. They were also delicious. The nice thing about bean patty creations is that you can make them a million different ways. Today, I opted for a pretty simple white bean and kale situation.

Place Northern White Beans in a bowl, and finely chop two large leaves of kale. Or, if you have already chopped kale, just chop up a handful a bit finer.

Add the chopped kale to the white beans, along with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Or other seasonings of choice. Mash all of the ingredients together to the best of your ability. I do not recommend using a food processor because it purees the beans too much, and they don't form quite as nice of a patty in the end.

Much like making a meatloaf, you need something to bind it all together. Add one egg, and as many bread crumbs as needed to create a consistency somewhat like mashed potatoes. If you are vegan, I can't really help you with an egg substitute, though I suspect something like vegannaise might be a good selection? Feel free to add suggestions in the comments.

Form patties using your hands. Keep in mind these do not shrink as they cook, and a thinner pattie will cook through faster than a thick one. Obviously. Science.

 While the patties are cooking, prep whatever sorts of toppings you'd like. I would have been especially excited about sprouts today, as the crunch would be an ideal compliment, but we don't have any at the moment. But I do have tomatoes and avocado, which are excellent choices as well.

 Don't forget the toast! Hello, toast.

 These didn't take a long time to cook, so pay attention! Be vigilant in your cooking duties, flipping the patties when they have turned a lovely golden brown on the bottom. Try not to burn the precious patties, as it would be a tragedy of the worst kind.

Assembly time! Assembly is the best part, because afterward, you eat, and eating was the entire point. Bon appetit!

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