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Burgers w/o the guilt

 
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genie47
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 9:07 pm    Post subject: Burgers w/o the guilt Reply with quote

Right now in the oven is my tofu burgers. Will post pics soon.

Yes, an effort to make fake meat taste like meat. :lol:
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recipe is as follows:

2 packs of tau kwa
1 green onion, chopped finely
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup cornmeal
1 cup oatmeal*
1/4 cup cracked wheat
1/4 -1/2 tsp pepper
1 egg
1 Tbs nutritional yeast+
Optional: 1 beaten egg

Before starting, boil some water. Place the cracked wheat into a medium bowl and pour the boiling water over. Let it stand.

Set oven to 190 deg C or 375 deg F.

1. Open the packages of tau kwa and drain them of liquid. Place them on a plate lined with kitchen towels to dry them. Leave for about 5min.

2. Place one at a time in a bowl and using a potato masher, crush them. Continue mashing until they will look like ground meat. Yes, they do look like ground meat.

3. Throw in the chopped onion and garlic. Mix with your hands from this stage onwards.

4. Add the pepper, oatmeal and cornmeal. Mix with your hands.

5. By now the cracked wheat will be very soft and have swollen somewhat. Drain the water and wash with water. Add this into the mixture mixing well with hands,

6. If the egg is needed, you can add the egg now and mix.

7. Finally the 1 Tbs nutritional yeast.

8. Form into patties and place unto a greased or lined cookie tray. The baking time will be revealed later. I'm still monitoring! :shock:

Notes: Nutritional yeast means Marmite or Vegemite. I prefer Vegemite. It is softer and has a much better taste IMHO.

The oatmeal I used is rolled oats but I guess regular quick cooking (not instant) can be used.

These burgers will fall apart easily. You can actually fry them which I did earlier but they break apart very easily. Tastes great but when baking you can do 6 at one go in a standard cookie sheet.

Makes around 12-14 patties.

I will keep you updated if they can be fried again after the baking. Baking actually makes them more firm for handling.

When rolled into balls and fried, they can be substituted for meatballs in spaghetti meatball sauce.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here it is:



These are baked for 30min. They are firm and hold their shape.

I'm frying one of the baked ones now to see how they do.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK I fried one of them and ate it. Crispy on the outside. Like breaded burger. Added tomato catsup some pickles and mustard. Like the real thing. Greasy and nice.......wait a minute this is supposed to be w/o guilt! :(

OK no more frying......Mmmmmmm fried food..... :twisted:
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2005 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

genie

you are very funny one.. :lol: I wanna try too. for my MIL. Wonder whether can freeze or not. so she can can grill it as and when she wants to eat.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi genie47, can u tell me what is cracked wheat and where to buy them ?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Embarassed Embarassed er.. whats tau kwa???

cracked wheat is also known as bulgur.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

:sorry duplicate post
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tau kwa is firm bean curd, this type of bean curd is mean for frying less easily broken when stir. Is cracked wheat a type of flour or a type of seed? Will the label show as cracked wheat?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

novice wrote:
tau kwa is firm bean curd, this type of bean curd is mean for frying less easily broken when stir. Is cracked wheat a type of flour or a type of seed? Will the label show as cracked wheat?


Thanks novice,so its firm tauhu and not the deep fried ones right???
The ones I buy said cracked wheat or cracked wheat berry. Maybe you can try Middle eastern shops as they are used to make a salad called taboulli.
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