Beet it!

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Man vs vegetable!  That’s what I’ll call my nocturnal battle to eat what I like and play up to the picky taste buds of mon mari.  If it were up to me, everything would be christened with lemongrass and a handful of cilantro.  But alas, this is France!  It’s not about chasing culinary fireworks, but enjoying quality ingredients in their unadulterated state.  But I take this with a grain of salt and a star anise.  But I am always up for the challenge, looking out for enticing meatless recipes which could get past Monsieur Meat & Potatoes himself.

I wish I could take full credit for this winner, but I found inspiration from a smoky beet burger recipe on one of my go-to blogs SPROUTED KITCHEN. I knew these burgers would be an easy sell.  Beets recreate the crimson hue of ground beef.  And pulsed mushrooms and chickpeas give the burgers a toothsome texture and the right amount of umami to lure mon mari for the second bite.  Under a silken cloak of sauteed mushrooms and melted brebis cheese, this was one veggie burger incognito.  Accompanied by handcut french fries, it was an easy sell.  Victory is mine!

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Beet burgers (inspired by SPROUTED KITCHEN)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 yellow onion  chopped

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped

1 cup grated beets

2 cloves garlic, smashed

1/2 cup chickpeas, cooked

1 egg

1 teaspoon soy sauce

2 cups cooked short-grained rice

1.)  Heat olive oil over medium heat.  Saute onions, walnuts, mushrooms, beets, garlic, and chickpeas until tender, about 10 minutes.  Let cool slightly.

2.)  In a food processor, pulse sauteed vegetables with egg, soy sauce, and rice until coarsely mixed.  Season to taste.  With wet hands, form mixture into 8-10 1-inch thick patties.  Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat.  Saute burgers for 5 minutes until crust forms.  Flip and cook for 10 more minutes until caramelized.

P.S.  Charlotte Brunet photo. Jessie Kanelos Weiner style.

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4 comments
  1. robinsonheather said:

    Don’t you hate it when you read a recipe right before dinner and think, “I want to have that right now!” only to discover, alas, that you don’t have the key ingredients? Sigh, that’s me. But I will be making this sooooon. My Frenchy man needs as much enticement as yours to go meatless on Mondays or any day for that matter! 😉

    • thefrancofly said:

      Zut! Meatless Tuesday works just as well. Trust me though, the recipe is a winner!

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