Saturday, July 28, 2007

White Bean Burgers with Sautéed Mushrooms and Three Spice Potatoes

I got it into my head earlier in the week that I wanted to make some sort of white (cannellini) bean burger. I wasn't very successful at finding a recipe, so I decided to just make something up as I went along. Unfortunately I don't have a recipe to share with ya'll, as I didn't write down any measurements as I went, but this included one 15 oz. can of drained cannellini beans, two sprigs worth of fresh rosemary, dried thyme, salt and pepper, all purpose flour, ground seitan, and breadcrumbs. If you can't tell by the last three ingredients, my mashed up beans were kind of wet and I was having a hard time getting a mixture that was firm enough with just the flour. After adding somewhere around 1/2 cup of flour, I was worried that they were going to have too much of a flour-y taste, so I switched to the seitan and just a bit of breadcrumbs. I cooked these in a lightly-oiled cast iron skillet over medium heat.

The three spice potatoes are a test recipe for lolo at VeganYumYum. Who doesn't love roasted potatoes? Okay, so I know a number of people who don't like potatoes at all, but I don't understand those people. The spice combination on these was probably an odd match for the Tuscan-inspired white bean burgers, but I wanted to test the potato recipe and I also really wanted to make the white bean burgers. What's a girl to do?

5 comments:

Veg-a-Nut said...

How much fun are you having testing for veganyumyum? A blast I am sure. Everything looks wonderful. Can't wait for her book!

Your burgers look good. I have had the same problem trying to get my various burgers to stay together. I have used wheat germ, flour, but never seitan. Good idea!

KleoPatra said...

Really looks terrific, great idea with that white bean burger...

bazu said...

There are people who... don't like potatoes? Are you serious?? Well, I'm not one of them. My husband and I sometimes get in a potato kick- have them for 3-4 days in a row.

Laura Faye said...

Bazu, my sister won't even eat french fries. Then again, she dislikes all condiments, too.....

Vincent Guihan said...

:) It's hard to make a burger with cannelini beans (I've tried the same thing). You could try white kidney beans. Nuts also make a good binder (and a good drier). Dessicated coconut is also a good way to get things to dry up a little and hang together (but then your burger tastes like coconut). I've been experimenting a bit with burgers lately. Yours turned out better than mine did!