And one of those foods is definitely figs. I have yet to have had a good experience with figs. I read about them all the time in Food and Wine and Bon Appetit, about how they're divine and there's so many varieties and if you don't absolutely love them you have no palate at all.
So we have the fig butter. Now what do we do with it?
Tree Huggers Cafe. The menu was chock full of vegetarian sustainable goodness. Upon opening the menu I knew instantly what I wanted. They served a sweet potato quinoa burger on a pretzel roll topped with sprouts and honey mustard. Um, yes please.
The burger was delicious, but I knew when I got home I was going to make my own version because there was just something missing. The burger was a little sweet and needed some much needed spice kick.
If you've ever had Vindaloo before you know its some seriously spicy stuff. I was afraid to put too much in my burgers because I didn't want to have to apply a fire extinguisher directly to my mouth. So I played it safe and put 2 t. along with 1 t. of garam masala. Along with sweet potatoes and quinoa that's all that's in these burgers.
I'm not kidding. It's as simple as that. A delightful gluten free (if you use gf rolls), vegan burger.
So what's the verdict on figs now? The first date seemed to have gone well, so we'll see where it goes :D
Is there a food you've hated for a while, but recently gave another chance? How'd it turn out?
Vindaloo Sweet Potato Burgers with Fig Butter
2 large sweet potatoes, cooked and peeled
2 cups of quinoa (1 cup uncooked + 1.25 cups of boiling water + 12 minutes=done)
2 t. Vindaloo curry powder (could use regular or sweet curry instead)
1 t. garam masala
Spinach to top burgers, optional
Pretzel rolls (if you can find them)
Fig butter (or any other sweet and spicy topping)
1. Puree sweet potatoes in food processor. Scoop out into a large bowl. Add quinoa and mix.
2. Add curry and garam masala. Allow to sit for a few hours in the fridge to set up. You could skip this step, but the burgers might be a little wet and not stick together well.
3. Shape burgers into patties of desired size. Mine looked like this:
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