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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Garden Veggie Pita Burgers

Oh. My. Goodness.   This one is always a winner.  I've had it up my sleeve for years and use the sauce in numerous applications.  As a dip to tortilla or raw veggies, on top of Indian (i know it's sooo not traditional but it tastes soooo good!), on top of tacos or burritos...pretty much anything that would require a delicious creamy kick.  The veggies can be substituted out for anything that you have in your fridge.  This one is a piece of cake for families that are in crunch time. 

Oh!  One more thing...this can easily be made vegan by using Vegannaise and Tofutti Sour cream in the sauce.  


1 med onion - sliced
1 red bell pepper - sliced
1 8 oz package mushrooms - sliced
Lawry's season salt (or which ever you choose)

Veggie Burgers (I like morning star farms)
Pita pockets
Grape tomatoes

1/2 c. finely chopped English Cucumber
1/4 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. sour cream
Dash of garlic powder and onion salt
3 tbsp dill
Few cracks of pepper

Preheat oven to 400.  Mix up sauce ingredients. Cover and put in fridge to chill.
Prepare baking sheet with aluminum foil and nonstick spray.  Arrange bell peppers and onions in rows.  Don't worry if they're touching but do try to keep them somewhat apart as some folks don't like onions and vice versa.  Lather with nonstick spray (or drizzle of lightly flavored oil *not olive*) Sprinkle generously with season salt and a few cracks of pepper.  Bake in oven for about 10 mins.  Add mushrooms.  Toss and sprinkle again with season salt. Bake an additional ten minutes.  Toss and see that most of the liquid has evaporated.  If it hasn't continue baking in increments of 5 minutes till done.

  At this point you'll want to start assembly.  I am a fan of microwaved veggie burgers.  I find the oven dries them out a little too much.  *yes, meat lovers, you can use a regular patty in here...or chicken even* 
  Microwave veggie burgers according to manufacturers directions.  Slice into strips.  Microwave pita pocket till pliable and snip into strips.  Arrange along the bottom of a salad bowl.  Lay down lettuce.  Place a dollop of roasted veggies on top of lettuce.  Smear a few tablespoons of sauce on veggies and top with sliced veggie burger.  Arrange tomatoes along outer part of pita for a beautiful presentation.  Enjoy!

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