August 31st, 2006

Surprise Kiss

Alton Brown recipe query

I am a loyal "Good Eats" viewer. I am currently watching the episode "Give Peas a Chance," and Alton is making my DREAM veggie burger.

Here's the recipe:,1977,FOOD_9936_30859,00.html

1 tablespoon olive oil, plus 1 to 2 additional tablespoons for sauteing
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons minced garlic
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
3 cups vegetable broth
1 cup dry split peas, picked and rinsed
1/2 cup dry brown rice
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs, plus 1/4 cup for coating

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large (4 to 6-quart) saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper along with a generous pinch of salt. Sweat for 5 minutes or until the onions are soft. Add the garlic and mushrooms and continue to cook for another 4 minutes.

Add the broth, peas, rice, coriander and cumin. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Decrease heat to low, cover and cook at a simmer for 1 hour or until the rice and peas are tender.

Remove from the heat and gently pour the mixture into the bowl of a food processor and process until just combined.* Do not puree. Pour this mixture into a bowl and stir in the 3/4 cup of bread crumbs. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground pepper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Shape the mixture into patties and dredge on each side in the remaining 1/4 cup of bread crumbs. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add 2 burgers at a time and saute until brown on each side, approximately 3 to 4 minutes per side. To grill, cook on high for 3 to 4 minutes per side as well. Serve immediately.

*When blending hot liquids: Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.

I am pretty sure it would work if I use mixed lentils (because I have a lot of unused lentil soup mix).

I thought, before I actually tried it that I'd ask my culinary buddies, because, as my very food-savvy fiance has told me many times, "Your cooking is good until you get experimental." Hence, I am wary of monkeying with recipes. =X

So, this recipe with mixed lentils (that include split peas) instead of split peas alone? Let the jury deliberate.

Thanks for the advice in advance,

Avocado bravado!

There is going to be an avocado party at my college this Friday! I am madly in love with both avocados and this college. However, the guacamole card is a little over played when it comes to avocados. Does anyone have any recipes that are a tad more creative but are also cheap and relatively easy?

breading mock-chicken with no eggs

i checked the tags for the substitue for this, but it doesn't link to anything yet. I'm making Cornmeal Mock-Chicken Cutlets [using seitan] tonight, but I don't know what to use to keep the cornmeal "bread" crumbs on my seitan when I go to fry them up. I'm thinking next time I'll brush them down with a thin coat of honey replacer [just to mess around and test it out] but until then I'm a bit stuck :[ [as they're so place to buy it in my area. i have to go to brooklyn for it]

I'm going out to my local natural food store in a few hours, so hopefully I get some responces by then. If not, I'll have to figure something out myself.

thanks for any help. when i'm all done cooking i promise to post the recipie

oh, and on a seperate note: I threw together a 2 layer mock-beef [smartfood beef] stuffed shells with toffuti mozerella cheese and a whole lot of sauce and gave some to my neighboors who aren't vegan. They proceeded to demand that I cook for them more often and that it's better than their own food [and they're italian, so that felt nice]. I've been feeding everyopne that comes over to my house now here and there, and all my friends [who are Harlem boys] now keep asking me about how to make vegan food, and a few are thinking of switching over.

guerilla veganism = fun
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deli slice recipe suggestions

Recently, the local grocery store marked down a bunch of Lightlife bologna and turkey style deli slices. Rather than have them all end up in the dumpster, we've packed the freezer with them. So other than thawing them as needed for sandwiches, what are some ways to use these up? Other than wraps, pitas, ect.?

Also, if someone could comment with how to add tags to my post, I'd appreciate it. I don't know if it's in the LJ faqs. Thanks.