I am a wife, a mom of three, and the kitchen is my favorite place in the house. I read cookbooks in my spare time and enjoy getting kitchen appliances for presents :) I love preparing delicious and healthy food for my family and here are a some of what graces our table each week.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Great Tofu Burgers

In the hopes of saving some money(kosher meat is $$$$$!) and teaching my kids healthier eating habits, my goal is to serve 4 vegetarian/grain/bean  meals a week and save the meat for Shabbat and holidays.  It is going to be difficult, Macie is my best eater, Amelia is so-so and Leo is going to be my toughest sell.  Actually, Leo and Danny will both be hard to convince, but I am not giving up. 

I spent most of Thursday making and modifying these tofu burgers.  I think I know what I did, but because I made some burgers to test, I added the additional ingredients to less of the batter.  If you make these, just play with them.  Make them taste good to you.  If you are comfortable in your kitchen, just play with the recipe until they taste great – that’s what I did and the payoff was great.

Who ate these? Danny and I loved them.  Danny told me that he really was expecting to hate them, but ended up loving them.   I cant say that Leo didn’t like them because he barely took a bite.  Next time…and Amelia ate a couple and then said she didn’t like them.  I don’t remember is Macie ate them or not…

The homemade pita (recipe to follow) complimented the burgers in an awesome way.  I shallow fried the burgers and was fine doing that since every single ingredient was so good for us. 

Try this (if you dare!):

From Savvy Vegetarian:

Tofu Burger Ingredients:

  • 1 lb extra firm tofu
  • 1/4 c each whole wheat flour, corn flour, & quick or rolled oats
  • 1/2 c parsley tops or fresh basil leaves, washed & dried
  • 1 tsp each paprika, coriander, cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil or thyme
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp salt and-or 1 Tbsp liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • Optional: asefetida (hing) or garlic

Tofu Burger Directions:

  1. Heat a non-stick frying pan on medium with olive oil, or your favorite cooking oil
  2. Add a pinch of asefetida (hing) or a crushed garlic clove to the oil for extra flavor
  3. Cut tofu into 1 inch chunks, and add to food processor
  4. If you don't have one, mash by hand or with a potato masher, and finely chop the parsley or basil first
  5. Throw in everything else and mix well by hand, or on low in the food processor just until it all clumps up
  6. Form into eight 3 - 4 inch patties
  7. Fry in small amount of oil, on medium heat, 5-7 minutes on each side, or until golden brown

I used soft tofu and didn’t have coriander, but the patties came out very blah and I didn’t like the smooshiness inside.  So, I added an additional:

1 tsp soy sauce
1/4 c. oats
pinch cayenne
1 TBSP whole wheat flour

Still blah.

I went to one of the tofu burger recipes in my Spice and Spirit cookbook and added:

about 10 baby carrots, 1/2 orange pepper, 1/2 red onion and a spoonful of minced garlic – all pureed in the food processor
1/3 c. whole wheat bread crumb

Final Outcome = Yum ;)

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I made a yogurt/mayo sauce with lots of scallions, parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper

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