These veggie bites/burgers are a great way to get kids to eat more veg – and they’re suitable for children under the age of 1. Make Annabel Karmel’s quick recipe today.
- 2tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium shallot, diced
- ½ stick celery, diced
- 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
- ½ small leek, finely sliced
- 3 chestnut mushrooms, diced
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1tbsp dark soy sauce
- 2tsp soft light brown sugar
- 4tbsp freshly grated Parmesan
- 40g (1½ oz) fresh breadcrumbs
- ½ tbsp mayonnaise
- 15g (½ oz) Cheddar, grated
- 5tbsp dried breadcrumbs
- 2tbsp flour
- 1 egg
- 2-3 tbsp sunflower oil, for frying
- Salt and pepper, to season
- Buns, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, to serve (for burgers)
Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick pan and sauté the vegetables for 10 mins, until soft. Add the garlic and cook for a minute, then add the soy sauce and sugar, and cook for a further minute. Spread out on a plate and leave to cool. (For the small veggie bites/burgers you need to chop the cooked and cooled veg, either in a food processor, scraping down the sides frequently, or with a large knife).
Transfer the vegetables to a bowl and mix in 2tbsp of the Parmesan, the fresh breadcrumbs, mayonnaise and Cheddar and pepper to taste.
For the bites, take teaspoonfuls and roll into balls; for burgers, take tablespoonfuls and squish into a patty shape. If you have time, put on a plate and chill for 1 hr or preferably overnight. However, they can be coated and cooked without chilling.
Mix together the dried breadcrumbs and rest of the Parmesan on a large plate, along with salt and pepper to taste. Put the plain flour on a plate and season with salt and pepper. Beat the egg in a small bowl. Dust the bites/burgers in the seasoned flour then dip in egg and roll in the breadcrumbs.
Heat the sunflower oil in a large non-stick pan and cook the bites/burgers for 1-2 mins each side, until golden. Drain on kitchen paper and serve warm – with buns, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise for burgers.
Annabel says the soy sauce should give enough salt so you shouldn't need to add anymore.