Using mandarin rind to flavor dishes is one of the savory secrets of the flavorful Oriental way of cooking.
These patties have a delicious taste and you have to really stop to find the mandarin, because it blends so well with the seasonings lending them a scrumptious flavor!
1 crusty whole grain great grated (put in a bowl and add a little bit of water and let it rest till mushy)
2 Tbsp. wheat germ
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 Tbsp. all purpose flour
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup tangerine rind
1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
1 celery stalk, sliced
1/2 cup red onion chopped
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup sweet red pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup sweet green pepper, seeded and chopped
2 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup water
Place the walnuts, the tomato, the potato, the onion, the celery, the carrot and the peppers with 1/2 cup water in a blender or food processor and process till smooth.
Scrape into the bowl were you have the soft bread. combine well, add the rest of the ingredients and mix will thoroughly incorporated. Form patties with a large spoon and drop onto cooking sheet.
Bake at 400 ºF in a non-stick walled cookie sheet until the edges of the patties are golden brown, then you flip them and you bake them on the other side.
When done, let cool and then cut coarsely into bits and drop them into your favorite prepared spaghetti-style tomato sauce. Let the pieces simmer in the sauce until they have absorbed part of the liquid and are juicy and plump. Serve as a side dish to round up your next meal!
Yield: Approx. 19 medium-sized patties, more if you make them smaller, less if you make them larger.