What to do with Gardenburgers
- blkery Oct 15, 2009 08:29 AM
I have a pack of Gardenburgers from Costco that needs to go (I specify because the patties are 150% the size of the normal retail patty; I haven't had them yet and am not sure if the formula is otherwise the same). I bought them in the middle of a Gardenburger bender earlier in the year, but got so burnt out on the things that I never made it to this box.
I'm not a vegetarian and I don't like faux meat. I find that the original flavor of Gardenburger is trying to be it's own thing, rather than imitate beef, and I like it's mushroomy taste (I can't say the same of their other products).
Usually I cook a couple patties sans bun with some cheese in the middle, like a grilled cheese with Gardenburgers as the bread. I'd really like to try something else with them, and am wary of recipes where they just act as a substitute for meat. Any suggestions?
We lived on these when I went back to school, but I agree if you think of them as meat; not so much. The favorites were:
Garden burger Parmesan; for best taste and texture griddle/grill the GB before assembly to give it a bit of char, but its good even just chucked into a slow cooker if that's all you have time for.
GB tacos/burritos crumbled or sliced with drained/rinsed canned black beans, peppers and onion, seasonings and fixings of choice. They give you the impression of mushroom fajitas but faster.
GB-BLAT, sandwiches not burgers is how I think about them and this is delicious.
Use them in a vegetable soup or gumbo (which I would do if I had them). Simply make a slow cooked roux with equal parts of butter & flour; cook on low temperature until it takes on a copper penny color, stirring constantly to make sure it doesn't burn. Stir in the trinity (chopped onions, celery, bell pepper) and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes then Add veg or chicken stock, worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes (or not), tomato paste, canned tomatoes. Bring up to a simmer and add your veggies & crumbled gardenburger.
Frozen veggies are okay in this; I like to get the soup veggies or mixed veggies containing okra from the grocer when I'm out of fresh. Continue to simmer 10 minutes. You can add other veggies based on your preference. Make it a meal with white rice and a salad.
I like Dr Praegers. but not in love with either. I've made wraps out of them, with just a little melted cheese, lettuce and tomato, and it's not too bad.
Back in my long years as a vegetarian, fellow-travelers and I would drive long distances to a diner that thawed 'em, pounded them (lightly), breaded and fried them like chicken-fried steak and served them alongside vegetarian cream gravy.
Not that I think a meat-eater would go to those (ridiculous) lengths, but the vegetable/mushroom flavor of the patties really was a nice combination with the crunchy breading. The same place also did this with the faux-meat TVP patties, but I've never cared much for those things.
They're also really good completely crumbled and combined with tomatoes and other vegetables as stuffing for cabbage leaves.
Put some tomato sauce and shredded cheese on top of a patty. Put in toaster oven along with a slice of bread, english muffin, bagel then eat it open face (or use two slices of bread and eat it as a sandwich.
I like to scramble them up with eggs
stir fry with veggies and sauce of choice.
chop up warm boca patty, spread some hummus on a pita, throw in some cubed tomatoes and cucumber and top with shredded boca.
take two grilled portabello mushrooms, grilled a patty with swish cheese, plop on some tomatoe sauce and eat like a burger.
I had this dilemna recently. Here's what I did: I sauteed some garlic and onions in a bit of olive oil, then added some fresh spinach. Threw in a crumbled Boca burger, some tomatoes--sun-dried, and slow-roasted--and tossed w/hot cooked pasta (I used fusilli). Grated some parm cheese on top (you could also add feta). Added a bit of the SD tomato oil to moisten (it was a bit dry). It was pretty good.