Monday, May 26, 2008

Home Cookin'

When I was younger, my family celebrated Memorial Day with an outdoor BBQ and a good game of Badminton or Croquet. According to my mother, an American Holiday required an All American menu! If you didn't like Hamburgers, Hotdogs & Macaroni Salad, well, you could simply go hungry. Since becoming a Vegetarian over five years ago, it has been a challenge to re-create these memories for my friends and family without the traditional palate. But Vegetarianism has come along way over the years and it is much easier to create homemade, savory, to-die-for masterpieces that everyone will love. I'm not talking about something out of a box either, but rather a menu created from all-natural, fresh ingrediants.

The following recipe is a modified version of the "Chicago Diner Burger" out of the Veg.etarian Ti.mes Magazine. I've omitted and added a few ingrediants of my own to make it even better! H gave it a rating of 10 out of 10, so you know it has to be good. I rarely score above an 8, so what a fantastic way to celebrate Memorial Day with our friends.
Seattle Diner Burger with Piquillo Pepper Ailoi

Photo Taken by "C"
3 stalks celery, diced
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups old fashioned oat
12 ounces mushroom, finely chopped (I used 6 oz. of Organic Crimini & 6 oz. of Organic White Mushrooms)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
8 Slices of Sharp Chedder Cheese

Piquillo Pepper Aioli
1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
1/4 cup olive oil
1 jarred roasted red pepper, drained
1 garlic clove, minced


  1. Bring 4 cups water, celery, onion, soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper to a boil in a pot over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in oats, mushrooms and flour and cook 5 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl and chill.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F; coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Shape mixture into patties and bake on prepared baking sheet for 15 minutes. Flip and bake 10 more minutes. Cool.

  3. Heat grill to medium-high. place foil on grill and coat with cooking spray. Grill burgers on foil for 7 minutes per side. Serve.
    Piquillo Pepper Ailoi:

  4. Puree all ingredients in blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.



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