Friday, March 24, 2006

Vegetable Patties

This is my first entry to Cate of Sweetnicks' ARF/5-A-Day weekly edition. Every Tuesday, food bloggers who made a recipe that includes an ARF (Antioxidant Rich Food), fruit, veggie or any combination of the three can be included in the ARF/5-A-Day Tuesday evening round-up. I have been thinking about this sometime and came up with this great recipe.
Vegetable patties are quite simple, versatile and can be made in a multitude of ways. My recipe is something I made up and that is why I do have to apologize for not always having the exact weight or amount. I encourage everyone trying out this recipe to use their imagination and be a little creative. You really can't do anything wrong here.


Ingredients:
250-300g potatoes - cooked and mashed
1 garlic clove - mashed
1 small red onion - finely chopped
1 egg
Cheese - grated (either Gouda or cheddar)
1 medium sized zucchini - grated (squeeze the water out of this)
1 medium sized carrot - grated
a small handful of sunflower seeds
salt & pepper
1 tablespoon oil
fresh herbs (I used cilantro and chives) - chopped
For my fellow Indians or those not cooking for kids: 1 small green chili - chopped
a bit of flour



Method:
Pre-heat oven to 200°C.

Mix potatoes, garlic, onions and egg in a large bowl. Add the sunflower seeds, grated cheese, carrot and zucchini, salt and pepper, herbs and chilies (if using). Mix all the ingredients well. (Either with your hands or get your little one to do it for you)

Form patties and coat very lightly with the flour.

Heat a large frying pan and quickly fry the patties on both sides until they just start to color.

Take out and pat dry. Put the patties on a baking tray and bake in the oven for approx. 15 minutes.

Verdict:
Soeri helped me make these, mixing the egg into the mixture. I filled pitta bread with tomatoes, lettuce and cream cheese and then added the patties. It looked great! The trouble was that Soeri nibbled on a small patty as they came out of the oven and probably was pretty stuffed. He did not manage to finish his pitta patty sandwich. Tom ate two and said they were scrumptious. For the next time he said we should try them with some oriental/indian spices and a bit of tahini sauce. No problem there!

9 comments :

  1. That sounds good - especially the variant suggested at the end of your post! I so love tahini! :)

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  2. Hi Isil and Shammi,

    Great to see you both here!

    These really were fantastic.The great thing about them is you can make them with any type of vegies and serve in all types of different ways.

    Shammi, thank you for including me on your list. i have been thinking about doing something similar too. I have seen my blog on several other blogs and thought it would be a great idea to pay the respect back. So, look out for your blog here shortly!

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  3. This looks great! I like the half cook on the stove and crisp in the oven technique.

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  4. First time on your blog.

    Love the veg patties ! What is Tahini ?

    Thanks

    -Sonali

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  5. HI Sonali,

    Tahini id a paste made with ground sesame seeds. From the Middle East and used in things like Hummus etc. It's great as a dip, sandwich spread or even a salad dressing.

    Love that name! Hope to see you here again!

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  6. HI Sonali,

    Tahini id a paste made with ground sesame seeds. From the Middle East and used in things like Hummus etc. It's great as a dip, sandwich spread or even a salad dressing.

    Love that name! Hope to see you here again!

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  7. Thanks for this wonderful, simple, healthy, and tasty recipe.

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  8. Hi Meeta, Can these be made and sent to school for lunch?..Will they get soggy?..thanks.

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