For Veggie Burger #1, I decided to use a Deborah Madison recipe, because she has never failed me. I made the Wild Rice Crepe-Cakes found in her wonderful book Vegetable Literacy, and they were both easy and delicious. We topped them with sauteed swiss chard and onions, with a dab of sour cream.
These are simple patties with wild rice and fresh herbs. The The scallions, chives, and fresh tarragon give an interesting flavor, the the wild rice added texture and earthy notes. A delicious light meal.
However, as entries in the Veggie Burger Quest they are not what I am looking for. They are pancakes with interesting additions, and are too thin and delicate to fill the role of a burger. But it got me thinking – what if I kept Madison’s approach of a savory pancake, but increased the veggies and the grain? That idea led me to Veggie Burger #2: Savory Corn, Cheese and Rice Cakes. More on those coming soon.