Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tex-Mex Pumpkin Patties

We had these tonight and really like them. We got this recipe a few years ago from the Family Fun magazine.  I doubled it for our family of 5 we had two patties left over.  We topped them with salsa, and served them with a big green salad.  It made for a perfect pre-Thanksgiving dinner!

Ingredients

  • 2 slices firm sandwich bread, crumbled
  • Several leaves of fresh Italian parsley, chopped (I omitted this and didn't notice)
  • 1/2 cup fine, dry bread crumbs, plus extra for coating
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup grated sharp Cheddar or Monterey Jack
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green or red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup solidly packed pumpkin mash or canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup ricotta (I used yogurt and it worked just fine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  Instructions

  1. In a medium-size bowl, mix together the crumbled bread, parsley, bread crumbs, and grated cheese. Set this aside. Heat the oil in a medium-size skillet over medium heat, then add the onion, pepper, and corn. Sauté the vegetables until soft, about 7 minutes, stirring often. Mix in the garlic, chili powder, and cumin and cook it all for another minute. Remove the skillet from the heat and spoon the contents into the bread crumb mixture.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the egg, pumpkin, and ricotta. Add the bread crumb mixture, stirring thoroughly, then season with the salt and pepper. Flour your hands, then shape the mixture into six 3/4-inch-thick patties, using about 1/3 cup for each one. Dredge the patties in bread crumbs and refrigerate them for about 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Transfer the patties to the skillet and fry them over medium heat until they turn golden, about 4 minutes on each side. Remove them from the skillet and serve right away. Makes 6 patties.
  4. Test kitchen tip: The crumbled bread is essential to the texture, and prepared bread crumbs shouldn't be substituted. Set out the bread slices for about 30 minutes to air-dry, then crumble them by hand, with a serrated knife, or in a food processor.

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