Thursday, August 12, 2010

Burger Sans Beef!

As a relatively new mother who loves to cook, I often search for recipes that are easy to make and don't require the use of a thousand pots and pans (which then need to be cleaned-- and there's only so much licking Omar can do to help). This recipe, courtesy of 101 Cookbooks, is tasty and all it requires, in addition to the ingredients, is a food processor (or blender) and a fry pan. 
These burgers have cashews, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, tofu and spices. They would go perfectly with, say, a little bit of goat cheese and a mustard dressing. Hey, if you've really got time on your hands, make some homemade pickles and pop them on top too. Go crazy and add some thinly sliced red onion. I served this griller on a whole wheat bun with a side salad (greens courtesy of my CSA). It tasted great right off the pan, but for some reason was even better the next day. I guess all the flavors really gelled together overnight!

TOFU BURGERS WITH NUTS AND MUSHROOMS (Courtesy of 101 Cookbooks)
Ingredients
1 pound / 16 oz  extra-firm tofu, drained and patted dry, then sliced (*must* be extra-firm)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup / 2 oz fine dried bread crumbs
1/2 cup / 2 oz  cashew nuts
1/2 cup / 2 oz sunflower seeds
1/2 cup / 2 oz  sliced mushrooms (I used one portobello mushroom cap)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon shoyu or soy sauce
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Preparation
Place all the ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture comes together and is free of most chunks, stopping to scrape down the sides of the food processor once or twice if needed. If it seems a bit thin to you, add more bread crumbs a small handful at a time until everything comes together.
Divide the mixture into eight equal portions and use your hands to (really) press and form into round but flat-ish patties.
Pour the olive oil into your largest skillet over medium-high heat, and arrange as many patties as you can without crowding. Cover, and cook turning once, until deeply browned on both sides. Roughly ten minutes. You want to make sure the middle of the patties cook through. If the pan is too hot you'll burn the outsides before the middle cooks up, so be mindful of that.
Serve with your favorite fixin's!
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1 comment:

  1. Looks delish! I loooove mushrooms. Can't wait to try these!

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