Kale Burger. The Secret Recipe Club….
Time goes by fast, I must be having too much fun because it’s time for another Secret Recipe Club reveal. My assigned blog this month is Veggie Grettie. Gretchen is a certified nutrition specialist and keeps a nice blog with a vast array of great recipes and loads of great information regarding plant based diets. While I’m not a vegetarian I do enjoy a good veggie burger sometimes and that’s why when I spotted her kale burger I knew what dinner was going to be. The burger is a meal in itself and packs a huge nutritious punch with bucket loads of antioxidants. I remember when I used to work for Whole Foods Market and customers would order fresh kale juice which was hard to do as kale has a very low liquid content. The burger was very easy to make and the only alterations to the recipe was to double up on the garlic just because I love the holy clove. I toasted a french bun and grilled some onion to adorn the kale burger finally topping it with some crumbled goats cheese. This recipe is a keeper and after eating it I was thoroughly satisfied.
If you have a minute to spare hop on over to Gretchen’s blog and digest some of her valuable tips and recipes, you wont regret it!
Here’s the recipe courtesy of Veggie Grettie:
1 large bunch kale, well-washed and mostly dried
1 large tomato, chopped
1 tablespoon almond butter or tahini
1/2 teaspoon garlic or 1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon coriander
cayenne to taste (if you like)
heaping 1/4 cup almond meal
heaping 1/4 cup flour
Goat Cheese if preferred
Remove stems and chop kale into very thin ribbons; sprinkle with sea salt and gently massage; let rest 15 minutes. The kale will turn a bright green and soften. Meanwhile in a food processor or blender combine the tomato, tahini or almond butter, garlic and coriander. If your tomato is not super juicy, add a tablespoon or two of water.
 In a large saucepan heat a little oil. Add the kale and saute for a minute; then add 1/2 cup or so of water and cover loosely. Let cook 5 to 8 minutes (the fresher the kale the shorter the cook time) until it’s just wilting but not totally limp. Transfer kale (leave behind any remaining water in the pan) to large bowl. Meanwhile mix the almond meal and flour in a small bowl. If desired, you could add a little cayenne to this mix too.
 After it cools enough to handle, add 2/3 of the kale to the blender with the tomato mixture and blend. You don’t want it to get too smooth; maybe pulse on and off for a minute or two. Transfer this blended mix back into the large bowl with the reserved kale and mix it all together, adding a couple of tablespoons of the flour/almond meal mix too. You should be able to make patties from this mix that hold together fairly well. If too wet, add more flour/almond meal; if too dry, drizzle in some olive oil or water. Form six burgers and coat each burger in the remaining flour/almond meal.
 Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a non-stick frying pan. Cook each burger for 4 minutes on each side, adding more oil if need be.