Sunday, October 14, 2012

Happy Patties


See?  Happy!
Happy Patties are probably my favorite "burger" to eat, and I've been making variations on them for at least 20 years--no exaggeration.  Their texture is sorta hard to explain, but they're soft and firm (not meaty or beefy), and they taste delicious on a bun with all the fixin's, or plain just by themselves.  I was missing them the other night, so I ran them through the ol' de-glutenizer, and came up with something that tastes just like the original.  

I usually season them following the guidelines from Marilyn Diamond's original recipe, but since they've a neutral taste, you could easily season them with any flavor combo you wanted.  I think chipotle would be extra good.

These were made with onion, garlic, beet greens and carrot.
We ate ours on buns from Laurie Sadowski's Allergy-Free Chef Bakes Bread (review upcoming), but the buns were so good, they disappeared before the sun had a chance to help me photograph 'em.  You'll have to take my word for it, or wait for the next go-round (which is not long coming).

Happy Patties are also really good for holiday meals.  They go just right with gravy and lots of sides, especially if you're looking for a transportable protein option, and while I haven't tested these on kids myself, they seem like they'd go over very well with the littles.



Happy Patties
Makes 8 patties

Adapted from The American Vegetarian Cookbook by Marilyn Diamond.  To make with AP flour, use 1/2 cup and omit the sorghum and arrowroot.

What You Need:

  • 14 oz block firm tofu, rinsed
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups slivered spinach or beet greens
  • 1 cup medium carrot, coarsely grated
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour 
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot flour
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons wheat-free tamari
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning 
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 
What You Do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium high heat, saute the onion, garlic and salt together in the olive oil until just soft.  Add in the greens and carrot and cook for 4-5 minutes, until tender.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside. 
  4. In the bowl of a food processor, cream the tofu. Add the flours, nooch, tamari, baking powder and poultry seasoning, and process until smooth. 
  5. Add the sautéed vegetables and pulse about five times to break up the vegetables, but be sure to keep the mixture a little chunky.
  6. Season to taste with more salt and pepper, then spoon 1/3 cup dollops onto prepared baking sheet. With wet hands, flatten to 1/3" patties, and shape into neat rounds, keeping at least an inch of space between patties.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip each patty with a spatula and bake an additional 10 minutes. 
Happy Patties may be consumed while grumpy or even pissed off without affecting flavor.
xo
kittee
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29 comments:

  1. Those look so good! Sounds like they have the perfect patty texture.

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  2. I think I might make these today as I have my GF mum coming over! Hope you are great Kittee! X

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  3. I'm forever searching for the perfect veggie burger, so I kinda feel like this post was written just for me.

    Don't tell me any differently. ;)

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  4. How are they cold? I'm always on the hunt for good things to put in kids' lunchboxes and this looks perfect. Plus I have all the ingredients on hand right now! Kismet? I think so!!

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  5. I love this book, I've only made a couple of recipes that didn't work for me as written.

    I will have to make Marilyn's version of the Happy Patties as well as yours.

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  6. Oh, these will be a nice detour from xgfx cutlets and sausages. With some extra spicy Southern gravy . . .

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, Kittee! :)

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  7. hee hee, I love the name "happy patties!" :) I'm so happy for you that you could de-glutenize an old favorite. That's the best! :) xo

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  8. They look delicious AND full of veggies. What is the deal with poultry seasoning though? Is it spices or is it supposed to taste chicken-y?

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    1. poultry seasoning doesn't taste chicken-y, no! it's sage, rosemary and other savories like that in a powdered form.

      xo
      kittee

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  9. Those look delicious and I'm always up for trying a new burger recipe!

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  10. Yummy Kittee! I struggle with gluten free cooking, but has lots of GF buddies so this is exciting to have found you!

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  11. I would like a happy patty please. And I would also like some fries to go with it! You look sad in the top photo.

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  12. I see these happy patties go with gravy and sides and funky blue sparkly nail polish too. That gives an inverted sad face. I wanna make these.

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  13. I'm impressed you can hold that patty up and it doesn't fall apart. No wonder it's happy.

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  14. Love the happy kitty pattie! And I wonder if I could de-soy these *starts thinking*

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  15. Mmmmm. For laughs sometime you might add 1/4 cup toor dal to the saute. They will still be a bit firm when the patty is done, but I like the texture they add to a "burger". You could even add some curry leaves and make a south indian themed variation. I love beet greens with the south indian flavoring treatment. Your blog and zine continue to inspire and make me hungry every time I come to visit! Thanks!

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    1. thanks so much for your comments, redtabby! i love the toor dal suggestion. maybe some sort of coriander roasted potatoes to go with with cilantro chutney!!!

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    2. Oh my! Coriander roasted potatoes! I'll have to do some more research in your archives. Ever make Chimichurri? It goes good w/marinated tempeh and might as well with these patties.

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    3. I love chimichurri, especially on the grill. For the potatoes, I just meant tossing some potatoes in olive oil and spices then baking in the oven!

      xo
      kittee

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  16. I have all of this stuff! Except for the fancy flours, but I know where I can get 'em. I wanna make these! Any idea how well they freeze? I bet they'd freeze super good. I want to try and see if I can't make these with my bestie Jessica next time we do one of her big cooking days.

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  17. Hi kittee! I'm curious how big 1 block of tofu is... I have a big one that I'm thinking 3/4 of is too much for the recipe. Thank you!

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    1. I made these again last week and used a 14oz block of tofu. It made about 8 big patties.

      xo
      kittee

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  18. Is the olive oil just for sauteeing or does it get mixed in? Any suggestions for poultry seasoning substitute? I tend to go the Indian spice route, but will need to buy the ingredients for poultry seasoning. I miss buying bulk spices in Berkeley and SF (apparently it just isn't done in NJ...)!

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    1. Poultry seasoning is a finely ground spice mixture--a powder really containing different blends of oregano, rosemary, sage and sometimes other things. If you were going the individual spice route, I'd add in a little powdered sage, rosemary, garlic and onion powder. Really, you could do these however you want.

      I think they'd also be good with a bit of ground coriander, cumin, turmeric, chopped cilantro and fresh ginger.

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    2. Oh! Thanks for pointing out the instructions left out the olive oil, I corrected them. It's for sauteing the veggies.

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  19. Thanks! I'll try with the Indian spices first then again with the poultry seasoning once I get some. Can't wait to bring these for lunch to share with my co-workers!

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