Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Vegan Pub Food

I'm not going to ruin your appetite by going into details or posting photos about factory farming.  However, I think if we actually went to see the conditions from which most of our meat comes from, any of us with a heart, would not be able to watch it, nor sit down for a burger afterwards. It's not good for the animals, our health, or the environment. 

There is an alternative to that greasy hamburger you love!  Tonight I made vegan pub food for dinner, and I think I died and went to heaven!  It was SO good!

First on the menu was black bean burgers, served on a whole wheat bun.  And of course, smothered in organic ketchup and mustard!

Here's the recipe!


Black Bean Patties by Chloe Coscarelli

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and finely diced or shredded (about ½ cup)
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup water


To make the Black Bean Patties: In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add onions and let cook until tender and slightly caramelized, about 20 minutes. Transfer onions to a large bowl. Reserve skillet for later use.

Add beans, carrots, cornmeal, breadcrumbs, chili powder, salt, cilantro, and water to the bowl of onions. Use a large spoon or your hands to mash it all together. If the mixture is too dry to hold together, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Using your hands, form the bean mixture into patties, to match the size of your slider buns. In the reserved nonstick skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat, and pan-fry patties about 3 minutes on each side, until lightly browned and crisp. Add more oil to the skillet as needed. Drain patties on paper towels.

Next on the menu: Sea Salt and Vinegar Pub Fries! They were so delicious and easy to make!  Slice your potatoes in 1/4 inch strips, coat them in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake in the oven on 400 for 40+ minutes, until brown and crispy. When they come out of the oven, spray with British malt vinegar. 

I found this malt vinegar on the aisle with the other vinegars, but I had to look long and hard for it. There was only one bottle left!  I'm so glad I found it.  It has a much milder taste than white or apple cider vinegar. It's really good. If you like salt and vinegar chips, you will love these fries!

I hope you enjoy this vegan version of pub food! You can really make a big difference in your health and the environment by eating at least one vegan meal a week.

I will be eating the leftovers for my lunch tomorrow!


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