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Broccoli Rabe & White Bean Patties

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These are a delicious cross between a veggie burger and a vegetable fritter and although they can be enjoyed between a bun like a veggie burger, they are also delicious on their own with a little creamy mustard.  To prepare these delicious patties, you start by making a nutty broccoli rabe pesto and then adding in any variety of white beans and flour to fill them out and help hold their shape. After baking the patties, they are enjoyed with a bright yellow dollop of creamy mustard to bring a tangy finish to the simple and savory patties.

Recipe by Shelley West
Shelley is the twenty-something author of 
Vegetarian Ventures, a new food blog that shares vegetarian and vegan recipes. She has a passion for spices and dancing in the kitchen.

Serves: 6 patties
Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: ~1 hr

Ingredients

  • 1 Bunch broccoli rabe, ends trimmed
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • 1 Tsp. fresh thyme
  • ½ Cup Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ Cup almonds
  • One 15 oz. can of white beans (Great Northern, Cannellini, or Navy)
  • Cup whole wheat flour + more for flouring your hands
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil + more for brushing
  • Dash of salt / pepper
  • 1 Cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 ½ Tbsp. yellow mustard

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Directions

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1. Bring a large stockpot full of salted water to a boil and prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with cold water and ice. Once boiling, add in your broccoli rabe and blanch for 60 seconds. Use tongs to remove from boiling water and transfer to your ice bath.

2. Once cool, remove from ice bath and ring out excess water by either gently squeezing the broccoli rabe over your sink or wrapping in a paper towel and gently squeezing.  Transfer to a food processor and add in the garlic, Parmesan cheese, thyme, almonds, dash of salt, and pepper and process for one minute or until everything is finely chopped. Remove half the pesto for a later use or to top on the patties at the end.

3. Next, add in the white beans and flour and continue to pulse. While the food processor is running, slowly add in the olive oil and process for another two minutes or until a thick batter has formed, stopping to scrape down the sides of the food processor when necessary. If the batter is too sticky to shape then add more flour as needed – you’ll want the batter thick and slightly sticky but firm enough to hold together.

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4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and dust your hands with flour. Scoop out about cup of the batter at a time with your hands, form into flattened circular patties, and place on the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Transfer to the freezer and let chill for at least thirty minutes or up to an hour.

5. In a small bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt and mustard until completely smooth and incorporated. Cover and transfer to fridge until ready to use.

6. Preheat oven to 400°F. Once the oven is ready, remove patties from freezer, brush olive oil over the top of the patties, and stick in the oven to bake for 35 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before topping with the creamy mustard. Enjoy!

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