Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Eggplant Burgers- My Substitute for the Beef

I gave up meat the first of this year and right along with it my beloved favorite meal: hamburgers on the charcoal grill made all the way, fries, and a drink. I have been trying like hell to find a substitute for my beloved meat burgers but could find none. None that could live up to my standards that is. Until this. Dey is a Gawd!

The main ingredient of course, is eggplant. I love eggplant anyway so this was right up my alley. And to boot the recipe isnt even that hard! So without further ado here it is.

3 medium eggplant
1 onion
1 green pepper
minced garlic
2-3 egg whites
salt, pepper, whatever other seasonings you like to taste
Liquid Smoke (optional)

First you want to grate the eggplant. Be prepared to put your back into it because that was some hard work. Peeling it makes it easier to do. Then  grate the onion and green pepper and add it to the eggplant along with the minced garlic. Make sure that once you mix all this up, you squeeze out as much liquid as you can. THIS IS IMPORTANT! Next add the egg whites and stir. Again, attempt to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Add seasonings. Form them into patties. Hint: while you are forming them into patties, squeeze even more of the juice out. From this point you can either bake them or fry them up.

I put mine on the charcoal grill. I have one of those cage-like things that you use to grill veggies and all you have to do is flip the cage to cook them on the other side. This pic is the burgers after I pulled them off the grill. I was so hungry that I didnt take a pic of the finished burger and home made fries. I was ready to eat.

I have to admit that this was excellent. It even passed the taste test of my son who loves burgers more than I do and he was ready to hate it! I am so happy that I finally found a substitute that is equal to the flavor of a regular hamburger. Its on now!!!

How to make a tomato trellis dirt cheap

 I constructed this tomato trellis for a WHOPPING $3.11! Your  average pretty wooden garden trellis will cost you about $15 just to support one plant but this one that I built supports four! Even your wire cages cost a few bucks more than what I paid and that just for the support of one plant.

You want the break down? Sure you do!

I bought three 1x2x8 boards and had them cut the boards at five and a half feet long. Each board cost .75 cents. Then I bought an .86 cent ball of twine and that completed the shopping list. I just went home, nailed the boards together, dug a six inch hole in the ground, and stuck the boards in there and covered them up. I tied the twine around the boards and to a string of twine I tied to the bottom. Now I will train the tomato plants to climb the twine.