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Gardenburger Savory Mushroom Veggie Patty

By Todd Wilbur


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Chef Paul Wenner fathered a hot product when he ground up those leftover vegetables at his restaurant and formed them into the shape of a hamburger patty. When Paul got out ot the restaurant business, he peddled the meatless patties out of his van under name Wholesome and Hearty Foods. In 1992, when his company went public, the stock shop up to $30 from $3 on rumors that McDonald's was planning to sell the veggie patties under the golden arches. When those rumors proved to be false, the stock came crashing down quicker than sales figures for the McLean Deluxe. Later, the name of the company was changed to Gardenburger, and new products, such as the Savory Mushroom Veggie Patty, were developed.

For this clone, you'll need to track down three types of mushrooms: the common white button, brown or crimini, and portobello. You'll also need a food processor to mash everything up real good.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size–1 patty
Total servings–8
Calories per serving–140
Per per serving–3g

Source: Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 2 tablespoons bulgur wheat
  • 2/3 cup cooked brown rice
  • 6 ounces white button mushrooms, quartered
  • 6 ounces brown Italian mushrooms (crimini), quartered
  • 4 ounces portobello mushroom (1 small cap), quartered
  • 1 cup diced white onion (about 1/2 cup steamed)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup reduced-fat mozzarella cheese (2% fat)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Gorgonzola cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
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      Gardenburger
    • Instructions

      1. Add 1/4 cup of boiling water to the bulgur wheat in a small bowl or measuring cup and let it sit for about 1 hour. Prepare the brown rice according to the directions on the package.

      2. Steam the quartered mushrooms for 10 minutes or until tender. Remove the mushrooms from your steamer, and replace them with the onions. Steam the diced onions for 10 minutes or until the pieces become translucent. Keep the steamed mushrooms and onions separate and set them aside.

      3. Add 1/2 cup of water to the rolled oats and let them soak for at least 10 minues, until soft.

      4. Drain any excess water from the bulgur wheat and oats, then combine the grains with the steamed mushrooms, rice, cheeses, and spices in a food processor and pulse 4 to 5 times until the ingredients are chopped but not pureed. You want a coarse texture with some identifiable chunks of grain, mushrooms, and cheese.

      5. Pour the mixture into a bowl with the remaining ingredients and mix well.

      6. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and set a large skillet over medium/low heat.

      7. Spray the skillet with a light coating of olive oil cooking spray. Measure 1/2 cup at a time of the patty mixture into the pan and shape with a spoon into a 3 3/4-inch patty that is approximately 1/2 inch thick. Cook the patties in batches for 2 to 4 minutes per side, or until light brown on the surface.

      8. When all of the patties have been cooked in the skillet, arrange them on a lightly sprayed baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the oven. Be sure to turn them over halfway through the cooking time. You can serve the patties immediately or freeze them, like the original, when they have cooled.

      9. If you freeze the patties, you can reheat them several ways. Simply spray a light coating of olive oil cooking spray on each side and heat each patty in a pan over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side until it is hot in the center. You can also use a grill to prepare the patties. Just be sure to spray each frozen patty with the oil, and be sure the flames are low. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Those are the best cooking methods, however, you can also prepare a frozen patty by microwaving it for 30 to 35 seconds, the turn the patty over and zap it for another 30 to 35 seconds. Finally, you can heat a frozen patty in the microwave for 30 to 35 seconds, then place the partially defrosted patty in a toaster or toaster oven and cook it on medium heat until it's hot in the center.

      Makes 8 patties.

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