Mark Bittman. The Minimalist. Why do I adore thee? Hmmmmm. So many explanations. And I'm going to post one once a week for the next six months! Yup, we are now cooking the recipes of MB over at I Heart Cooking Clubs YaY! It was fabulous cooking with Nigella for so long, but now I get an opportunity to start working my way through all of the bookmarked pages in Kitchen Express!! This book is so killer...and I've cooked from it plenty already, but I haven't even made a dent in the things I want to make in there!!! Of course, that's not his only book (I'll use his other recipes as well) but it's definitely my favorite at the moment. Our introductory Bittman theme is Bites of Bittman! So, now I can remove the bookmark from Chickpea Burgers. Oh yeah, we're talking bites...I made them into sliders. This is a burger very reminiscent of hummus Looooove it. In a sing-song voice. Looooove it. Do you remember me telling you before how this is a book of recipes that are "precisely imprecise." Really. He said it. Precisely imprecise. What a perfectly wonderful oxymoron!
Chickpea Burgers (or sliders)
from Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express
Drain a can of chickpeas and put them in a food processor with a chopped shallot or some onion, a bit of oregano, paprika, salt and an egg. Pulse the mixture until its slightly grainy but even in consistency. Add enough flour--about a quarter cup--so you can form the mixture into flat burger patties. Sear them in olive oil until golden, about 4 minutes per side. Serve on good whole grain bread or a bun with tahini (optional), greens, and a squeeze of lemon juice.
I formed them into little sliders (made 8), drizzled with lemon juice and tahini and put a few cilantro leaves on each one. Oh yeah, and a Hawaiian Bread Roll. Mexi and I liked them. To my surprise, he liked them even more than I did...course he's always asking me when I'm gonna make hummus next...so I should have figured! They also reminded me a bit of falafel. Not exactly, but reminiscent in a certain way.
Now, what shall I make next!? Be sure to hop on over to IHCC to see what everybody else is cookin' up with MB!
beans, burgers, chickpeas, IHCC, legumes, Mark Bittman, sliders
Chickpea Sliders Bite!Saturday, April 10, 2010
Michiana-based food writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, dark beer, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.