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Least bad veggie burger

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This actually looks pretty good. The ingredients:

4 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced
1/2 finely chopped onion
4 cloves minced garlic
2/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
3/4 cup breadcrumbs (maybe use rolled oats for this as well?)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

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UPDATE: I just tried these (11/25/09), and they are very tasty. My changes:

I added a dash of soy sauce to up the umami, though the mushrooms and Parmesan probably have that covered. And I used 8 cloves of garlic, of course.

I did let them rest 20 minutes, and they did cohere pretty well. Still, next time I think I’ll use one more egg. Maybe a splash of milk?

Obviously, the recipe is not vegan, and in the comment thread at Lifehacker the righteousness one-upmanship was something to behold. Lots of sneering at people who would eat eggs (even sterile eggs) and cheese. :sigh: Lord deliver them from insecurity and low self-esteem (though the latter may be well deserved—who knows?).

UPDATE 2: The contrast between the juicy, thick, meaty, umami rich burger (impressions upon eating) and the light load on my stomach (impressions upon digesting) was highly noticeable. Somehow, the mouthfeel and taste of the burger made me unconsciously brace for a digestive workout, but it didn’t come, and that I noticed. (Much like the first time a regular wine drinker drinks a nonalcoholic wine: after a couple of drinks, s/he feels that something is “wrong,” as if their perceptions were out of kilter—and then they realize that they are NOT feeling a bit tipsy as they would after 2-3 glasses of wine, and that is the odd feeling.)

So this is the light digestive load that vegetarians talk about—quite different than I would feel had I just eaten 3 juicy, thick, meaty beef burgers.

The Wife questions making vegetarian dishes to mimic meat. My view is that food has a strong cultural role and the burger fills a particular cultural niche in the US at this time: it’s a part of a cook-out, of a get-together around the grill, and so on. That’s why there are so many variants: burgers made of beef, turkey, chicken, lamb, and (of course) mushrooms and stuff.

Even if you don’t eat meat, you may well want a particular dish to fill a cultural niche, and this veggie burger does it.

Written by LeisureGuy

23 November 2009 at 2:24 pm

Posted in Daily life

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