Nut burgers have a reputation of being dry and boring in the vegetarian community. But the simple addition of honey caramelises the nuts making these cutlets rich and tasty. Adding a touch of honey can also transform nut loafs into more exciting dishes.
Ingredients (makes roughly 6 cutlets)
300g mixed nuts (I use walnuts, brazils, pecan and hazelnuts)
25g flaked almonds
1tbsp sesame seeds
1tspn sunflower seeds
2 cloves of garlic
25g sundried tomatoes
25g dried fruit (I use dried rhubarb)
½tsp chilli flakes
3tsp runny honey
2tsp fresh rosemary (finely chopped)
1 egg (beaten)
Knob of butter
Salt and pepper
In one pan, fry the onion and garlic in some butter. In a separate pan, dry roast the nuts. Be careful not to burn them. Add the honey to the nuts and gently roast so they caramelise. Once they have caramelised, very roughly blend them in a food processor before adding them to the onion mixture. To the nuts and onions add the flaked almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, sliced sundried tomatoes, dried fruit (in small chunks), chilli flakes and rosemary. Be sure to season well at this stage.
Let the mixture cool before adding the egg and breadcrumbs. Form into cutlet shapes and fry in some oil for about two minutes of each side. Nuts easily burn to be careful not to fry them for too long.