I found this on a vegan web site a while back but this is the first time I tried it.
1 package 15 bean soup mix 1 package bread crumbs
This is all the ingredients from the web version. They suggested you use italian bread crumbs. I actually used the next list of ingredients and used plain bread crumbs.
1 onion 1 bell pepper 2 tbs cayenne pepper
Soak the beans over night, rinse and add to the crock pot with 8 cups of water. Cook for at least 6 hours or until soft. I cooked mine for 8 hours. The recipe called for straining all the beans and making a big batch of burgers. I really like 15 bean soup, so I pulled out a cup and a half of beans with a slotted spoon. Mashed them in a large bowl with a potato masher. Add enough bread crumbs so that the mashed beans get thick enough to form balls. Spread a layer of bread crumbs on a plate, press the bean balls into the bread crumbs and form patties. Pick up the patty with a spatula, add more bread crumbs to the plate and press the other side into the crumbs. The recipe called for putting them on a cookie sheet and baking at 350 till brown and then flipping them. I was in a hurry to go skating, so I cooked them in my iron skillet with 1 table spoon of olive oil. It was very good! Nice and crunchy on the outside with a good flavor. I ate mine on a whole wheat bun with lettuce, a slice of tomato and a dab of mustard. When it was browned on both side it looked like a chicken fried steak so I am thinking about eating my last patty with a little mashed potatoes and gravy. To finish off the beans in my crock pot I stirred in a cup of diced tomatoes and two stalks of finely chopped celery. Turned off the crock pot and let it sit the four hours we were skating. When we got home the beans were still warm so I had to try a little :) I ended up adding a little more pepper and put them into the fridge to eat for dinner this week.
I've found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example - to lead with your fork, not your mouth. ~Bernie Wilke
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