Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Quinoa-walnut burgers (vegan)

Quinoa-walnut burgers, vegan 
(makes about 10)

adapted from original Moosewood cookbook’s “lentil walnut burgers” but using quinoa instead of lentils

1 cup dried quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water
1 large onion, chopped
¾ pound mushrooms (about 8 large), chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 large carrots, grated (about 1 cup)
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp prepared mustard
2 Tbsp ground flax
4 Tbsp water
½ cup vegan bread crumbs (or processed oats)
Oil (for sautéing and frying)

1) Put quinoa and water in a pot and heat till water boils. Lower to simmer and let  cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all water is absorbed.
2) In a fry pan, saute onions, mushrooms, garlic, and carrots in oil until soft.  Add walnuts and sauté a bit longer.  Add oregano and basil.
3) Transfer contents of fry pan to food processor and process quickly.
4) Combine cooked quinoa to processed mixture in a bowl, and add soy sauce and mustard.
5) Add water to ground flax, let sit for a few minutes, and add to above mixture.
6) Add bread crumbs, mix with your hands, and form into patties (about ten).
7) Fry about 5 minutes on a side. 
8) Enjoy with your favorite bun or toppings or alone!

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