Sunday, February 27, 2011

SUPER PATTIES with TOFU, BROWN RICE AND WALNUTS




I call these super patties because they are delicious cold, filling enough to make lunch - or dinner if you take two - and extremely healthy.

They also happen to be gluten-free and vegan if you're entertaining somebody in those camps.

And yes, Billie happily scoffed back the mixture before it even hit the fry-pan.

I do owe a big shout-out to Iku, the fantastic vegetarian whole foods cafe I drew inspiration from. Iku's don't have walnuts, and I think they must deep-fry to get them totally crispy. I don't actually know what Iku puts in theirs, but this was my attempt at imitation:



SUPER PATTIES with TOFU AND BROWN RICE


1 cup brown rice
Toddlers, babies and adults will love these patties
1 block of firm tofu (about 250-300 gms)
1 Tablespoon brown rice vinegar (optional)
5 Tablespoons tamari (soy sauce if none available)
1/2 cup walnuts (optional, or use other nuts)
1/4 cup poppy seeds
two handfuls fresh herbs  (I used dill, oregano and thyme beause that's what's in the garden)
2 spring onions, finely chopped
Rice bran oil, or other good cooking oil


Cook brown rice in 2 cups cold water in small pot. Bring to boil then turn right down to slow simmer, leaving lid on and not stirring at all. Turn off once water gone. Pour into large bowl to cool.


Break tofu into pieces and place in food processor or bowl where you can use hand-held blender. Pour tamari and brown rice vinegar on top and blend until thick paste - doesn't need to be completely smooth. Add walnuts, spring onions and herbs and blend again. Remove from processor and add to rice with poppy seeds. Check seasoning then use wet hands to form LARGE flat round patties. These work well as very big patties. Place on plate in freezer for 30-60 mins, or fridge if leaving for longer.


Pour enough oil into fry pan so you can shallow-fry - about half as high as the patties. Heat on medium until hot and then drop some patties in. Cook on medium for about 5-8 minutes or until browned and crispy, then turn and repeat. Try to just turn once in order to avoid breakage. Place on paper towel on plate and eat hot, warm or cold. They don't even need sauce.



Billie collects sticks at the Wentworth Falls lake

11 comments:

  1. Yummmm. Desperately needed some dinner ideas, so whipped these up using what I had in the house (almonds in place of walnuts and sesame in place of poppy seeds) They were a hit! Sabine demolished 5 pattys! Thanks once again Sarah for the inspiration. XCara

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  2. I really need to buy a food processor! Also, I see Billie has overcome her fear of sticks! Hoorah!

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  3. Nice one Cara. Yes they were a hit with Billie too. Good to know re the almonds and sesame replacements. xxx

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  4. Great recipe, awesome if you can get the little ones to eat, so good for them. Billie is a real little cutie. Love the hat, sweet.

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  5. While they work well as large patties, I am now making some smaller ones to take to an event -there will be more to go round. Only disadvantage is they soak up more oil...

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  6. Thanks!! Finally got round to making these since Waverley Dig! Awesomes :)

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