Sunday 22 May 2011
Baba Ghanoush Style Veggie Patties
Have you ever had the delicious pita dip at your favourite Greek restaurant called Baba Ghanoush? This is a delicious recipe inspired by that classic Greek dish and a request from my sister-in-law who fell in love with a similar veggie patty at a burger joint. I knew that I had one type of veggie patty in my list of recipes but I decided to do some tweaking and see if I could get it to taste similar. You can substitute a lot of things if you don’t like one ingredient or the other, but the point is veggie burgers are EASY! This one is easy and good for you with lots of protein from the beans, and vitamin C from the red pepper. Enjoy, and if you have any questions with quantities please feel free to ask me for advice.
1 400g (14oz) can chick peas (garbanzo beans)
1 small-medium eggplant (aubergine)
1 large red pepper (you could easily use a jar)
2 packages of Micro Oats (regular packet instant oatmeal)
3tbsp whole wheat flour
2tbsp bread crumbs
150g goats cheese
½ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. cumin powder
¼ tsp. paprika
¼ tsp. turmeric
½ tsp. salt
Pepper to as you like it
Handful of Cilantro (coriander) leaves chopped
1 tbsp. light olive oil
First cook the eggplant and red pepper:
Heat the oven to 200C (~400F)
Slice the eggplant in half and lay next to the pepper on a foiled lined baking sheet
Bake for 45 minutes until both vegetables are browned and the pepper has collapsed
Let stand to cool while preparing the other ingredients.
Next drain the chick peas thoroughly and place in a bowl and mash.
Combine all ingredients at this point and mash all together.
Once the pepper has cooled slightly peel off the skin, roughly chop and add to bowl.
Spoon the eggplant out of its skin and roughly chop and add to bowl.
Mix thoroughly. Make sure the goat’s cheese is incorporated
Heat oil in pan and form desired sized patties (if they are too wet then add another tbsp. of flour or a pinch of oats) and fry 3-4min.
Serve on a bun with lettuce and tomato. You can use feta cheese or cheddar if you really dislike goat’s cheese, but I find the earthy flavour really compliments the spices!