Because I love fixing fresh produce sides to the omelettes that I serve, I see this one as a future menu item. When our neighbors tried it, they loved it and requested the recipe. I simply printed it from a link referenced on the Food Network; the address is http://www.thefarmcafe.com/2010/06/how-to-make-the-farmhouse-veggie-burger. I’ll also include the recipe here:
The Farm Cafe’s Farmhouse Veggie Burger
2 whole eggplant, peeled and diced
2 scallions, chopped (I used onions)
1 T minced parsley
1 c shredded cheddar (I put in a bit of Pepper Jack for a kick, and that was what grabbed our neighbors)
1 c bread crumbs
3/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp salt
3 T olive oil
Saute eggplant on low heat till grey and very soft.
Mix together eggplant and remaining ingredients, except oil; let rest in fridge for 1/2 hour.
Form into patties.
In saute pan, heat olive oil till shimmering hot, then fry the eggplant patties till brown on each side.
I plan to serve these this week with a cheese omelette and roasted, diced rosemary sweet potatoes.