Tuesday, October 15, 2013

broccoli millet burgers + basil aioli

So, I know my last post was incredibly boring and pictureless, sorry! Hopefully this one is more entertaining, and way more delicious!

Another kind of veggie burger, yay! These were SUPER easy to make and they held up really well! The original recipe, here, calls for couscous but I am just in love with millet! There are a few other changes that I made to the original as well, but check it out because it also looks dinner worthy.

So, start with the millet:

  • 1/2 cup millet
  • 3/4 cup water

Combine millet and water in saucepan, bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for 15-20 min. Mine was done around 17 min. All of the water should be absorbed and the millet should fluff up with a fork (kind of like you do with couscous.). This should make about two cups cooked millet.

While your millet is cooking I suggest getting the aioli prepared so it has time to marinate. It is best when done ahead of time, for all of the flavors to infuse.

  • 2 cloves garlic (if you aren't a garlic freak like I am I would suggest just one clove)
  • few basil leaves (I always use more than a few because of my over-productive basil plant)
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon, unless its super juicy, should be about 1 tsp
  • 1/4 cup vegenaise 

Chop garlic as fine as you can. A press would be nice, but I prefer the smear and scrape method; smear the minced garlic on the cutting board with the knife flat, then scrape it off with the blade and do it again, you are going for a paste-like consistency. Chop basil as fine as you can as well. Combine all your aioli ingredients in a little bowl and let chill in the fridge.

Now for the burgers:

  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 small onion or about 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 cup cooked garbanzo beans
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • small handful of fresh parsley
  • 2 cups cooked millet (previously prepared)
yes! I got a brand spankin' new food processor! Hallelujah!

Throw broccoli and onion into your food process and chop until small, doesn't have to be fine. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until combined. Its a fun consistency, like green chunky play-dough. Make them into paddies and place on a grilling or baking sheet. As we all know by now, I do not have an oven (I live in a tiny studio!) so I cooked my burgers on my gas grill on a grilling sheet. They could easily be done in the oven though! Just whack them into a preheated 400 degree oven on a cookie sheet and bake them for about 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.

We ate our burgers with avocado, tomato, spinach, and basil aioli in whole wheat pita pockets. Outstanding.

I would like to give a shout out to my bother and dear mother who bought me a food processor for my birthday! Thank you thank you thank you! I couldn't have asked for anything better! And I am especially stoked because my birthday isn't until Thanksgiving! But now I can get into the pumpkin recipes early! Mahalo to my wonderful family.

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