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Great Burger Substitute If You're Lowering Your Cholesterol
I grew up on all sorts of vegetarian meat substitutes. My grandmother was cook in the cafeteria at a Seventh Day Adventist college. She knew a thousand substitutes for everything from burger to hot dogs to fish. A box of oatmeal is the Adventist's best friend. There are a ton of vegetarian main dishes that use it and they all taste pretty great. My wife learned vegetarian cooking from my grandmother and she could give the old lady a run for her money. This is my clean out the fridge version that I bring out when groceries are getting low.
Here's what they look like.
- 3 cups Regular oatmeal
- 1 can Mushroom soup
- 1 package Lipton Onion Soup mix
- 2 Eggs
- 1/4 cup Vegetable oil
- 1/2 Large onion chopped
- 1/2 cup Pecan meal (optional)
- 1 tsp Soy Sauce
- 1 pkg Lipton Onion Soup mix, (for the gravy)
- 1/2 Large Onion chopped, (for the gravy)
- Handful Sliced mushrooms, (for the gravy)
- 1/8 cup Cooking Oil, (for gravy - left from frying patties)
- Handful Flour, (for the gravy)
- 1 cup Water
- Mix all the ingredients for the patties (except the oil) together in a mixing bowl. The pecan meal really makes them good and higher in protein, but you can make them without the pecan meal. That's what the soy sauce is for. Use that if you leave out the pecan meal or even if you use pecan meal. This recipe is really flexible.
- Form the mixture into balls. Place them four at a time in a frying pan (iron skillets are best for oatmeal patties). Mash them flat, fry them brown on the bottom, then flip them and brown on the other.
- If you're making them for vege-burgers, stop right there. Put them on the buns and you're off to the races.
- If you're making them as a main dish with mashed potatoes and broccoli with cheese sauce (always good), then you should make the gravy. Start by turning down the heat a bit. Add the rest of the chopped onion and carmelize it by cooking slowly.
- Next, pitch a handful of flour into the leftover hot grease and onions. Turn up the heat a bit and stir the flour in until it it browns slightly. Add Lipton Onion Soup and water, stirring constantly till the gravy forms. Stir till the lumps of flour are all absorbed..
- Place the cooked patties in a 4 by 9 or so Pyrex casserole dish, pour the gravy over the patties. Place the dish in the oven at 350 and warm it till the gravy bubbles. Finish making the rest of the meal and by the time you're done the oatmeal patties will be bubbling hot and ready to serve up.
- Keep the leftovers. I usually have them on hamburger buns with lettuce and tomato for breakfast next morning. Mmmmmm.