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Date:    Mon, 27 Jun 94 18:11:00 PDT
 From:    (szfast@chip.ucdavis.edu)
 Hi all!  Here's a homemade (and MUCH less expensive) version of the 
 "Nature's Burger" type mix.
 1/2 c. dry chickpeas
 1/2 c. dry soybeans
 1/2 c. dry lentils
 1/2 c. yellow split peas
 1/2 c. brown rice
 1/2 c. rolled oats
 1/4 c. whole wheat bread crumbs
 1/4 c. cornmeal
 1-1/2 T baking soda
 seasonings of your choice (see note)
 Put the ingredients 1-2 at a time in a blender, turn the blender on, and 
 RUN FOR COVER (this is pretty noisy (g)).  When everything is in powdered 
 form, combine in a tupperware container and store in the fridge.  Makes 
 4 cups of mix. 
 To make burgers, combine 1 c. burger mix and 2/3 c. HOT liquid (see note 2) 
 and let sit for 15 minutes.  On a plate, form into 3 thin patties.  Use a 
 spatula to move patties onto a nonstick-sprayed skillet and cook on both 
 sides until lightly browned.  Serve with your favorite burger fixins.
 Note - Seasonings:  You can use the herbs and/or spices of your choice, 
 or consider using a dry soup mix run through the blender (I'll bet onion 
 would be good).  Also, try a dry FF salad dressing mix.  Or a veggie 
 boullion cube run through the blender.  Other suggestions:  onion powder, 
 garlic powder, lemon pepper, basil, etc.
 Note - Liquids:  Try 1/3 c. water and 1/3 c. barbeque sauce - combine in 
 bowl and nuke until hot , add to dry mix (note that burgers made with 
 barbeque sauce will brown more quickly, so watch them!).  Or try half 
 water, half tomato juice, or half water and half white wine or marsala.  
 Try to make sure that your liquids and seasonings have compatible flavors.
 Other suggestions:  The possibilities here are 
 endless :)
 Oriental:  Burger mix with a little soy sauce in the liquid and some 
 fresh ginger added to the mix, maybe a dash of rice wine.
 Spanish:  Cumin, red pepper, chili powder, or a dry taco seasoning mix.
 Indian:  Curry powder added to the mix.
 Wine/garlic:  Chopped garlic added to the mix, half water and half white 
 wine for the liquid.
 Potpourri:  Make a batch of plain, unseasoned burger mix and add whatever 
 seasonings strike your fancy as you're mixing it up!  No need to commit 
 to just one flavor for the whole batch!
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