Could it be that I’m turning into a vegetarian? Half the time, meatless meals appeal to me just as much — or more — than anything else.
Oh, wait. If I were a vegetarian, bacon wouldn’t be on the menu. I’m not willing to give up crispy, delicious bacon. (You know I don’t like fake bacon … although, to be fair, I’ve never tried the Morningstar Farms bacon.)
My Tuesday lunch experiment turned out well — better than I expected, actually. The Chickpea Burger with Ricotta Sauce was both flavorful and filling. Yum! Even better, it wasn’t too difficult to make.
You can also see the free panko bread crumbs I received at the office. A few months ago, Progresso sent me a package with three boxes — regular, lemon pepper and Italian. Until now, I haven’t had much use for them. But they sure came in handy Tuesday — 1/4 cup plus 2 T for mixing into the chickpea mixture and then dredging the completed patties in.
After 5 minutes under the broiler, they emerged looking like this.
I’ll definitely polish off the leftovers and make this recipe again. But next time, I think I’ll pulse the chickpeas a few more times before I attempt to make patties. Maybe the burgers will stick together better that way.