2 1/2 cups garbanzo bean sprouts (or canned)
4 large eggs
grated zest of one large lemon
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 onion chopped
1 cup toasted breadcrumbs
1 cup other sprouts (optional)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1. If using garbanzo bean sprouts, steam them until just tender, about 10 minutes. If using canned garbanzos, drain them before measuring.
2. Saute the onion and cilantro (and herbs if you like) until translucent, adding a little of the salt while they cook. Set aside to cool.
3. Toast the bread crumbs and set aside too.
4. Combine garbanzos, eggs, & remaining salt in a food processor or blender. Puree until the mixture is the consistency of very thick, slightly chunky hummus. Pour into a mixing bowl and add the cilantro onion mixture, lemon zest, sprouts, and bread crumbs. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes for the breadcrumbs to absorb some of the moisture. Stay on the moister side of things, you can still sprinkle some breadcrumbs in as you go. If too dry, a bit of water or egg can be used to moisten the batter.
5. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium low, add 4 patties, cover and cook for 7-10 minutes, until the bottoms begin to brown. Turn up the heat if there is no browning at this point. Flip the patties and cook the second side for 7 minutes until golden.
6. Remove & cool on a wire rack. TO serve, carefully cut each patty in half, insert your favorite fillings: sauteed chard with garlic, cheese & tomatoes, avocados, etc.
Adapted from Heidi Swanson, 101 Cookbooks
602 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102