Right about now, I’m probably cruising down one of the picturesque side highways in New Brunswick or I’ve set up camp around the Bay of Fundy and dipping my toes into its muddy banks. Or maybe I’m sucking face with a lobster in Maine. Who knows, but whatever it is that I’m doing, I’m sure that I’ve got a huge grin on my face. I’m sure my face had a similarly stupid grin when I ate this sandwich. This is one of those stupid simple recipes. Correct that, it’s not even a recipe. Rather it’s a list of ingredients that is more of an idea than a step-by-step process. I think a lot of people use recipes as a guideline rather than following things to a tee…it’s what I’ve been doing since I was a kid. If you like to follow things to the letter of the law, then shake things up! Play with your food!
So often I have leftovers in the fridge….small amounts of grains, leftover veg and bits and bobs hiding in corners. I hate wasting food, so I try to use up as much as I can without anything going into the trash. This veggie burger was a result of thinking I had nothing in the fridge for our meal. So wrong! When I looked closer at our fridge fixin’s, I found that I could try making some veggie burgers. Into a bowl went the Trader Joe’s mixed grains that I had cooked up for a soup the day before. I also threw in some leftover chopped vegetables and a few squares of forlorn tofu. Heck, I didn’t even have buns, so I just used whole wheat toast but upped the ante with a slice or two of brie. What started out as nothing, turned into something pretty dang tasty.
leftover grain veggie burgers
1 egg, beaten
salt, pepper & whatever spices look appealing
ground almond meal
Add in your leftovers and spices to a bowl, toss with a beaten egg, a plop of dijon, and add in some almond meal to help bind the mixture. Too dry? Add in another egg or some broth or milk. Too wet? Add in some more almond meal. The mixture should start clumping well and holding together. Make patties and put in the fridge for 15 minutes or so to let things meld. Fry in a little olive oil until both sides are golden. Serve in buns or on toast with your favorite condiments.