Just a quick post and a recipe -- I made the CUTEST little nuggets ever maybe a week ago, 'cause everything's somehow tastier in nugget form. It's the option of dipping sauce, I think, and the wee little crunchy size, not to mention the childhood regression factor and how darned snacky they are. But anyway, not to wax poetic about nuggs for too long... here's the recipe. It's pretty straightforward (although I'm probably just saying that because I think my cooking is basic and it's not, no not really), mostly an adaption of the Spicoli Burgers from ED&BV except with tahini because I was craving it mad-like at the time and I really wanted to know if tahini and ketchup and mustard could ever possibly navigate the same food-form and still be edible (they can). And also it's a half/half mixture of millet and brown rice because that's what I had, but also because millet makes perfect nugget mash (turns into a binder!), and I changed the spices, yeah. AND these taste really good and you should make them and plum sauce up there was not necessary, but the Maple-Balsamic-Mustard Coleslaw c/o Sarchan at Emo Potato was.
Golden Snack Nuggets
makes about 17
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced fine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup shredded zucchini
2 cups cooked brown rice/millet mixture
1 1/2 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp tamari
3 tbsp tahini
1 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp basil
1 tsp lemon zest
handful of toasted sunflower seeds
salt & fresh black pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a small pan over medium heat and cook the onion a few minutes, until slightly soft. Add the garlic and zucchini, sprinkle a touch of salt and cook another 3-4 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine the cooked vegetables with the rest of the ingredients (except the breadcrumbs) and mix well. With your hands! (That's important so the millet gets mushed). Cover and chill for at least an hour, then take it out and make 2 tbsp-sized balls with it, gently squish into shape then roll in the bread bits.
Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, flipping once, until both sides are golden and the texture is firm.
OR these freeze like a dream!!! I ate 4 right away and stashed the rest for later.
Pre-hot box. Pretty adorable!