Saturday, January 07, 2006

Broccoli burger

Broccoli burgers are a handheld foodstuff similar to hamburgers though produced with eggs, fruits and vegetables in place of beef.


2 large eggs
1 cup chopped broccoli
1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds
3/4 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup water
Salt and pepper, to taste
Toasted buns or bread


In bowl beat eggs to blend. Stir in broccoli, almonds, onion, bread crumbs and water. Add salt and pepper to taste. On an oiled 12-by-15-inch baking sheet shape mixture into 4 patties each 3/4 inch thick.

Bake in 375*F oven, turning halfway through cooking until each side is golden brown, about 25 minutes total. Serve on buns with mayonnaise and lettuce.

Some facts about broccoli...

Broccoli is a cool-weather crop that does poorly in hot summer weather. It is usually boiled or steamed, but may be eaten raw and has become popular as a raw vegetable in hors-d'oeuvre trays. Common varieties are Calabrese and purple sprouting broccoli.

Broccoli is high in vitamin C and soluble fiber. Broccoli also contains the compound glucoraphanin, leading to an anticancer compound sulforaphane.

The word broccoli comes from the Latin brachium and Italian brocco meaning 'arm', or 'branch'. Broccoli is often referred to as a "cruciferous" vegetable. The Brassicaceae family (also known as the mustard or cabbage family) was formerly called the Cruciferae family, due to the fact that these plants often have four petals which can look like crosses.

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