Thursday, September 30, 2010

Mushroom Burgers

I was looking for something new to do with a whole bunch of mushrooms. A few months back we had received mushroom burgers from Irv and Shelly and I thought I would give it a go. I found this recipe on Epicurious and used it for inspiration.

Mushroom Burgers
about a pound of mushrooms
1 leek or onion, sliced
2 - 3 cloves garlic, diced
about 1/2 cup brown rice
1/4 to 1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parm
1 egg
salt and pepper

Start by preparing the rice. I cooked it in a large pot with lots of salted water, like you would for pasta, until done about 40 minutes. Drain and cool.

In a large pan, heat oil and add the leeks and garlic, cook on medium about 5 minutes until they soften. Season with salt and pepper.

While the leeks are cooking, chop the mushrooms or place in a food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped but not mushy.

Add the mushrooms to the leeks and cook a few minutes until the mushrooms are cooked.

Place the mushroom mixer in a large bowl and add the cooled rice.

Add the about 1/4 cup bread crumbs and the cheese and mix. If the mixture is still wet add more bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Then add the egg, siring until smooth.

Form the mixer into balls about 2 to 3 inches in diameter.

Roll the balls in more bread crumbs and pan fry them on both sides until warm and crispy.

I served them as a sandwich with corn and black bean salad, salsa verde and grated cheddar.

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