I’ve always been quite resistant to the idea of meatless meals – or, at least, meatless meals that, by all rights, ought to include meat. As an example, fettuccine alfredo doesn’t include any meat, of course, and that’s fine. Lasagna? Burgers? Stir fry? In my humblest of opinions, all of these ought to include meat, and when I hear that they don’t…let’s just say I find myself quite disappointed. Thus, when Chels suggested to me that we ought to try out one of Melissa d’Arabian’s “meatless” entrees, I was skeptical (yeah, that’s an understatement).
|Simple, inexpensive ingredients|
|I love my burger press! It makes these types of recipes so much easier!|
|This traditional burger shape makes them easier to cook properly|
|Fry ’em til the outside is nice and crunchy!|
|Serve these with some additional blue corn tortilla chips or a nice southwest salad|
The bottom line here is simple: whether you’re a fan of meatless entrees or a skeptic (like me), you have to try this recipe. Perhaps unfortunately (!), it has opened my mind to the possibility that not every “meatless” meal will taste like tofu. Every member of our family loved it, and I’m very much looking forward to an opportunity to fix this for a guest without telling them there isn’t any meat in it…and seeing if they notice!
While we’re sharing our thoughts on this recipe with you, we’re very excited to announce our first giveaway! One of Chels’s absolute favorite cookbooks is Melissa d’Arabian’s fantastic Ten Dollar Dinners, which is where this recipe comes from. Like many of you, despite our love of cooking, we still have to do it on a budget. Ms. d’Arabian’s cookbook is a godsend in that respect. The book features 140 recipes that are inexpensive, but don’t feel that way. Every recipe we have made from this title (and there have been quite a few) has been tasty, visually attractive, and right on where the pocketbook is concerned. So, naturally, we’d like to spread the love! Here are some of Ms. d’Arabian’s recipes that we have posted about before here at Catz:
- Cod and Vegetable Skewers with Basil Chimichurri
- Garlic Spaghetti
- Simple Shrimp Scampi
- Smash beans in a large, shallow bowl down to the point where all are somewhat mashed, but some beans are still holding together.
- Add cheese, chips, egg, pepper, salsa, and salt (and scallion, if you choose), and stir until well-mixed.
- Let mixture sit for 5-10 minutes, then form into 4 patties. I highly recommend using a burger press for this step.
- Cover patties and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- If desired, heat buns in an oven warmed to 350 degrees while cooking patties.
- Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a very large skillet to medium heat, and add burgers to pan. Cook until golden brown (4-6 minutes per side). When flipping, add additional 1 tbsp of oil. Serve on buns, topped with additional salsa.