BEAN CAKES, GARBANZO
Garbanzo beans are also called “chic peas” and they are a whole source of protein for vegetarians. Use Bob’s old bay spice mix for an interesting seasoning and a good vegetarian substitution for crab cakes.
1 cup cooked, chilled chic peas, rough pulse-chopped in food processor
1/2 each red bell pepper, minced
2 tablespoons parsley
3 tablespoons chives
1 tablespoon mint
2 cloves garlic, paste
1-3 tablespoons mayonnaise (more or less as needed to bind)
Bread crumbs or Panko to help bind into firm patties.
Combine all but the mayonnaise. Add mayo a little at a time until mixture can be molded and holds a patty shape. Add panko if mixture gets too moist in the process.
At service, place EVOO in bottom of preheated skillet and heat to shimmer. Add cakes and turn after about 1 minute. Finish in 375 oven for about 5 minutes to heat through. Serve immediately.