I got my grubby paws on the new Pick n Pay ‘Best of Fresh Living’ cook book last week and was excited to flip through it. I’m a big fan of the magazine, which always has very tasty and easy recipes that are styled in a fresh and appealing way. The ingredients are readily available as they are sourced from Pick n Pay stores.
I am also a fan of all the women that work on the magazine, Justine Drake, Anke Roux and Caroline Gardner. All such talented and passionate foodies.
The recipe which they selected for me to do, which also happens to be the cover shot recipe, is a little bit different but certainly an interesting way to spice up your vegetarian burger.
Recipe: (serves 4)
- 2 medium brinjals (eggplant or aubergine)
- 1 sachet PnP hamburger seasoning (BBQ spice mix)
- 1/2 cup (125ml) flour
- 2 eggs beaten
- 2 cups (500ml) fresh breadcrumbs
- vegetable oil for frying
- For serving
- 1 head butter lettuce
- 2 tomatoes sliced
- 1/4 cup (60ml) crumbled feta
- 1/4 cup (60ml) mint leaves
- 4 – 6 fresh burger rolls
- sweet chilli sauce
Toss the brinjals with the seasoning and dust in the flour. Dip the slices in the egg and then in the breadcrumbs to coat. Shallow fry in the oil turning once until golden. Drain on kitchen paper and then assemble the burgers using all the other ingredients as desired.
The brinjal cooks very quickly so these can be made last minute. The mint and the sweet chilli add an incredible fresh and hot zing to the creamy, salty feta.
The Fresh Living Cook Book which is available in Pick n Pay stores now, is very reasonably priced and will make an excellent Christmas gift.