Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Veggie Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries
With Hirsh out of town this week, I took the opportunity to make a dinner that I knew he wouldn't like but I would love. I thought it would be fun to make homemade veggie burgers. I looked around for recipes for veggie burgers and picked one that was oatmeal based instead of bean based, since I'm not a huge fan of beans. I figured that sweet potato fries would be a great accompaniment to veggie burgers, so I found a recipe for oven baked fries. The dinner was very good, and I was able to freeze some burgers for future nights when I'm having dinner on my own!
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small yellow squash
1 small zucchini
1 1/2 C oatmeal
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 C italian bread crumbs
1/2 C flour
1. Mince onion in food processor and saute with garlic in olive oil for about five minutes, adding a few shakes of salt and pepper.
2. Shred carrots, zucchini and squash in food processor and add to skillet, cooking for a few minutes.
3. Transfer vegetables to a bowl and add oatmeal, beaten egg, soy sauce and bread crumbs.
4. Refrigerate mixture for at least one hour.
5. Wet hands and form into 8 patties (it will be sticky). Dip each side in flour. You can grill now or store the patties in the fridge for a day.
6. Grill patties for about 5 minutes on each side. (I used our George Forman grill and grilled them for 10 minutes total on medium high).
7. Serve on a kaiser role with a piece of cheese.
Debbie's Rating: 8- definitely a success although they did get flattened a lot by the Foreman grill-- might be better to cook them on a real grill!
Sweet Potato Fries
1 small sweet potato per person
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into thick strips.
3. Toss strips with olive oil, a few grinds of pepper and a bit of kosher salt.
4. Spread evenly on a foil-lined baking sheet.
5. Bake for 15 minutes, flip and bake for another 15 minutes.
6. Serve with an additional sprinkle of kosher salt, if desired.
Debbie's Rating: 9- very tasty with crisp outside and soft inside. To get crispier fries, I would cut them thinner and bake for longer at a lower temperature.