Winter Beet Burgers, Mashed Potatoes & Grilled Asparagus

Pull out the food processor again… We tend to use it a lot, makes things quick and easy! We use ours so much it’s a little ghetto now 🙂 I’ll try to include  a picture in the future, it’s pretty funny!

So anyways, get some potatoes boiling. We used new potatoes, cut them in half and left the skin on for a more rustic mashed potato.

While that’s going here’s how to do the burger patties, which we ate Salisbury style, but you are welcome to have bread with it like a normal burger if you like.
This is on page 663 of my How to Cook Everything Veg book (see book recommendations). We changed a couple of small things…

Winter Beet Burger

Combine in the food processor….

  • 1 lb. beets, grated (I like to leave the skin on)
  • 1/2 c. dates or dried plums
  • 1 inch ginger (chopped up but we leave it un-peeled)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 c. red wine (I’ve always got some of this in the house 🙂 I keep the last of a bottle around when I don’t drink it before it goes off and use it to cook with later in the week)
  • 1-2 tbsp Dijon mustard (we like to use whole seed mustards)
  • cayenne or hot red pepper flakes to taste

Mix it all in a bowl with enough bulgur (about 1/2-1c.) to bind everything. Shape into patties, makes about 6, and cook in a pan with a bit of olive oil until crispy and brown on each side.

While the burgers cooked we grilled the asparagus with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper in a cast iron pan on the stove top.

We mashed the potatoes with some olive oil margarine, unsweetened almond milk, chopped fresh garlic, fresh chopped dill and salt and pepper to taste.

Made for a cozy comforting winter meal!


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lisa on February 3, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Great job you guys! I’m loving your recommendations…I need a food processor.


    • Posted by lavishlegumes on February 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm

      We’ve found a mortar and pestle, and a blender can do the trick a lot of the time too, but the food processor is a magical thing! Whole foods go in, yummy mush comes out! 🙂


  2. I got ours at Wal Mart for under $50. Not that I would recommend it. It’s a bit of a peice of junk, but it has lasted about 3 years now. We do have to use a chopstick to turn it on though.


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