Mini Vegetable Burgers
Contributed by: Annabel Karmel of SuperFoods For Babies and Children
From SuperFoods For Babies and Children By Annabel Karmel - Published by Atria Books
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These tasty mini burgers in a crispy coating are bursting with fresh vegetables and flavored with Gruyere cheese.
- 2 medium potatoes (do not peel)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup grated carrot
- 1/2 cup washed and finely chopped white part of a leek
- 1 cup chopped button mushrooms
- 1 cup frozen or canned corn
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 3/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- Cayenne pepper
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Seasoned all-purpose flour (flour mixed with a little salt and pepper)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 15 mini buns
Cook the potatoes in a pan of boiling water for 25 to 30 minutes, then peel and grate.
Meanwhile, melt the butter and saute the onion for about 3 minutes. Add the broccoli, carrot, leek, and mushrooms, and saute for 5 minutes. Add the grated potato, corn, soy sauce, cheese, parsley, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper to taste.
Form the mixture into 15 mini burgers, coat with flour, dip in the beaten egg, and then dip in the bread crumbs. Dip in the egg once again and then coat with another layer of bread crumbs to make a crispy coating for the burgers.
Saute in a small amount of oil in a skillet until crisp and golden on both sides.
Serve on their own or in mini buns with a little lettuce and ketchup.
Onions and leeks have a protective action on the circulatory system that helps to prevent blood clots. With children eating more and more junk food, fatty deposits in the arteries can now be found in even the youngest of children, and in later life these deposits may lead to heart disease, as will arterial blood clots. When fat deposits and blood clots break loose and clog the arteries, the result is a heart attack or stroke.
Serving Size: Makes 15 Mini Burgers