Thursday, November 25, 2010

Veggie burgers and sweet potato fries

I love good veggie burgers. They have to be good though. Like Chili's veggie burger. This one wasn't Chili's quality, but it made the cut.

The ingredients:
Fries: 2 sweet potatoes, 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon mixed spices (nutmeg, paprika, cinnamon)
Burger (makes 8):
1/2 coarse bulgur (or finely grated soy)
1 can kidney beans (or another kind)
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1 carrot, grated
1 egg, beaten
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons oregano, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

The recipe:
Peel and slice the potatoes into fries. SOAK IN WATER FIRST (secret to crispy fries). Then, coat in a bowl with olive oil and spices.
Bake in oven (in as much of 1 layer as you can get) for 30 minutes on a tray or dish. Turn over half way through if you can. Finished!
For the burger, boil one cup of water and pour it over the bulgur in a bowl. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes, then drain. Meanwhile, mash the beans with a fork or potato masher.
In a bowl, mix the beans and bulgur with all remaining ingredients.
Form about 8 patties. Fry in oil for 3-5 minutes per side.
Place on paper towel to absorb extra oil.
Serve with fries, tomatoes, cheese, ketchup, mustard and whatever else you can think of!
I ate two burgers, saved two for tomorrow and froze the other four. When they were completely cooled, I wrapped them in a paper towel, then aluminum foil and placed them all (individually wrapped) in a freezer bag.

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