Wednesday, August 3, 2011

White bean burger with sweet potato fries

vegan white bean burgerAnother great recipe identified through Finding Vegan's amazing photos. This one came from the blog, "What the hell does a vegan eat anyway?" which I think is a great name! Click for the original post.

Ingredients:
  • 15 oz. can of cannellini beans, drained
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. rosemary, minced
  • salt & pepper to taste
Steps:
  1. Drain the can of beans and transfer to a bowl. Mash the beans (using a potato masher works well)
  2. Add the flour & yeast and mix well.
  3. Chop the onion, garlic, and rosemary, and add to the mix.
  4. Season with salt & pepper.
  5. Form into burger patties (mix will make about 6-8)
  6. Heat 1-2 Tbsp olive oil in pan and cook the patties about 5-6 min each side, until browned.
Notes:
The rosemary adds such a nice flavor! And I love cannellini beans. But when I made these I couldn't find nutritional yeast, so I just used regular yeast. Because I wasn't sure that was right, I added less of it. Neither of those mistakes helped- the burgers still tasted pretty good flavor-wise, but were a little too mushy in the middle. I think making the patties fairly thin will help with that, and, of course, sticking to the recipe ;-)

For the sweet potato fries, I used my spiralizer to create the slightly thicker than shoestring curls of sweet potatoes, tossed them in some olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and put them in a 400 degree oven for maybe 20-30 minutes. If anyone has suggestions on how to make the perfect baked fries (that come out crispy and not burned), I'm all ears- mine could be a little crisper.

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