27 February 2008

olé okara patties •

When we ate these patties, I wasn’t going to post this recipe. Who needs another vegetarian burger recipe anyway? That all changed, though, when the little darlings gobbled them up. I had to stop my youngest from eating the serving that I had set aside for my husband. I swear I don’t starve my children—they really did think these were great!

Olé Patties •

In a large mixing bowl combine:

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups frozen sweet corn, cooked and drained
2 cups wet okara (this is referring to the okara straight from your machine, not drained or dried)
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles (I used mild)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 cups cooked rice

In a small mixing bowl combine coating mixture:

1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1/3 cup unbleached white flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
cracked black pepper

1 cup canola oil

I did not chill my bean mixture, but it might help in the shaping of the patties. Using your hands, scoop out enough mixture to form a golf ball size pattie. Do yourself a favor and make these on the small size. Any bigger and they will fall apart. Flatten slightly. Gently coat it on both sides with the cornmeal mixture. In a heavy skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Carefully place a couple of patties in the skillet and fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper toweling, then transfer to a plate and hold in a warm oven until you have fried as many as you need. This recipe makes 20 to 25 patties.


Philosopher Dog said...

Great Blog!! Okara is the most amazing stuff going. I've been making my own soy milk for the past 6 years or so. I recently picked up one of the new model Quicksoys. They've taken soya making to new heights with this amazing machine. Anyhow, I've been using Okara in my breakfast porridge, and have been loving it. But I have lots left. I started mixing it into chapati dough, which I make from organic kamut and water. It makes the chapati bread amazing. But I still have more left over. So, recently I tried a patty recipe from that The Book of Tofu and it's totally incredible. That got me to searching for some variety and I got to your blog. I'll give your patties a try. They look great. Thanx for posting it for the world to enjoy! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Thanks for posting the okara patties. I just created a recipe myself today that can solves the issue of holding together: 1/2 - 1 tsp of xanathan powder from Bob's Red Mill and a 1/8 cup of Teff flour or any other flour per large pattie (1 1/2 times bigger than a boca burger). Teff has a nice nutty taste. I also added a few teaspoons of almond milk because the dough was too dry. I added some curry powder, salt and pepper and fried a big pattie in olive oil with some sliced zucchini. It turned out crusty on the outside and nice and warm and light on the inside. I added some hot sauce later. This is the first one I have made with okara. You can also use Edens' egg replacer that uses potato flour as a binder -- that works for eggless cakes.

You can make soy milk without a machine, too.

toontz said...

Thanks for the tips. I have heard a lot about Teff flour lately, I will have to look for it.

Anonymous said...

I am so grateful for this recipe. I have modified it a bit by adding TVP to up the protein and I've added more heat (minced jalapeno) because I love spicy stuff. I use gluten flour mixed with a bit of whole wheat flour to help them 'gel'. I ladle them out onto parchment with my 1/2 cup dry measure, slightly flatten, partially freeze, carefully dredge in the coating mix, continue freezing until solid, and pack away in freezer bags. I find they have the best texture going and hold their shape really well if they are sprayed with oil and baked from frozen at 375ºF for 20 mins. per side. I love the way the topping browns after they bake. f you pop one of these into a whole wheat pita with some salsa, shredded romaine, and the Silken Magic Sauce recipe from Veg Paradise (http://www.vegparadise.com/highestperch34.html) you have a yummy meal indeed! It sounds like I've really messed around with your recipe but I love it and would never have even come up with the idea to get started if not for your blog. Thanks so very much. Maggie