Another Success!

17 Feb

My plan for dinner tonight was salmon cakes for Jason and the kids and a White Bean Burger for me — a new recipe I had pulled from a magazine. Well, I headed to the kitchen at 5:00 to start dinner and realized that I forgot to get the salmon out of the freezer. So…everyone got to try the White Bean Burgers and they were a huge success! I got the thumbs up from my entire family. As a matter of fact, the kids renamed them Delizioso Patties because they have an Italian flavor to them. They would make a great substitute for Chicken Parmesan. We enjoyed them with "buttered" whole wheat noodles and fresh Mandarin Orange Cuties.

I'm going to post the recipe below exactly as I made it. But, honestly, I'm not sure about the purpose of the peas. They added nothing to the flavor. The next time I make these I will ditch the peas, double the mushrooms, and substitute a cup of chopped artichoke hearts or diced red bell pepper. I think either one would be wonderful. These cakes are very versatile. You could completely discard the Italian seasonings and go Mexican or Thai or something just by changing the seasonings and sauce.

makes 8 to 10 patties
1 (15 oz) can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup silken tofu
3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
3 mushrooms (about 2" diameter), diced
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
salt or salt substitute, to taste
freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 tablespoons minced fresh Italian parsley
1 cup breadcrumbs for coating the cakes
Puree beans, tofu, flour, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and mushrooms in a food processor. Add 1/2 cup bread crumbs, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper and pulse to blend. Scoop mixture into a large bowl and gently stir in peas and parsley.
Heat a large skillet coated with canola oil over medium high heat. Scoop about 1/3 cup of bean mixture into your hand. Gently roll into a ball and roll in bread crumbs to lightly coat. Flatten into a 1/2" thick patty and place in skillet. Continue making patties and adding to the skillet. When nicely browned, flip and continue cooking, about 4 minutes per side. 
Serve with spaghetti sauce, if desired. Enjoy!
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2 Responses to “Another Success!”

  1. Nick & Tawny February 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    These look fantastic! I wonder though, is the flavor savory with a hint of bitter? What would it go well with? Also, I wonder how it would be to add a little curry powder? Mmmm…….

  2. Tamie Spears February 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    Not bitter at all. Very savory. Reminded me of Chicken Parmesan. I served them with buttered noodles and fresh oranges, but a salad would be perfect. Curry would be good if you were going for a sort of Indian flavor. These are definitely Italian seasoned, but you could change it anyway you wanted.

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