My kids love patties.
Of any kind.
Tuna, turkey, beef or chicken.
Even vegetable ones? Yep!
To make these you basically find everything you want to get rid of in your crisper and either mash it or grate it up to make patties!
Mine always start with a combination of potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin or carrot. And then I add what I can find. Usually grated zuchinni and carrot, frozen peas and corn.
This is a very random ‘recipe’ that I don’t have accurate measurements for – it all depends on what I’ve got available. This time round, it made about 20 patties to feed the ever hungry Circus!
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 small-medium sweet potato or
2 carrots or
Approx 1 cup cubed pumpkin
1/2 zucchini, grated
1 carrot, grated
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 corn kernels
1 medium egg
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Approx 1 cup of bread crumbs
Approx 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce
Salt and pepper
Any spices or herbs you wish to add (I use either the Gourmet Garden Mediterranean Seasoning I am addicted to, or some herb and garlic seasoning)
Oil for shallow frying, or non stick spray for your health grill
1. Cook and mash your potatoes and pumpkin / sweet potato / carrots. You don’t need to add butter etc to the mashed veges. Leave to cool.
2. While your mash is cooling, grate your selection of veges and half cook the peas.
3. Once the mashed veges have cooled down, gently combine with grated veges, egg, Parmesan, tomato sauce, half the bread crumbs, salt and pepper and herbs and spices of your choice.
This is where the amount are only approximate.
If you find your mix too wet, add more breadcrumbs.
Too dry? Add more tomato sauce or maybe an extra egg.
4. If you have time, pop your mix in the fridge for a bit to help it firm up a little. It helps when you start making the patties.
5. Have a bowl or a plate ready with the excess bread crumbs to coat your patties.
6. Use a tablespoon to scoop out even amounts of your patty mix as you make it into a ball shape and coat in bread crumbs.
7. Either heat your oil in your fry pan or heat your health grill and cook patty until they are golden, turning once. You are only really heating them through and crispy-ing up (is so a word!!) the bread crumbs.
8. If shallow frying, have paper towel on a cake rack ready for draining.
9. Serve with salad, or pasta or whatever meat you like, use them as a vege burger patties or just snack on them all on their own!
Tomato sauce smiley faces are optional ;-)