Okay, so I didn’t reinvent the wheel…
Oatmeal Walnut Patties are pretty standard in most vegetarians’ “Box of Tricks”.
Many MANY Years ago, a kind-hearted and accommodating friend prepared them for me… but because it was at a dinner and drinking party, I promptly forgot about how good they were.
Several Years Later, another vegetarian-friendly hostess prepared them for me, and though drinking was also involved at this gathering, it shook loose the previous memory and convinced me to start making them for myself.
Over the years, I have misplaced, lost, or destroyed many copies of the Oatmeal Walnut Patty recipe (and have since quit drinking), but a quick internet search will produce a virtually identical duplicate.
Like I said: I cannot even slightly take credit for this recipe.
I CAN, however, make some suggestions about how to make it more versatile and reuse the leftovers!
But First, the Basics:
Oatmeal Walnut Patty
1 ½ -3 c raw walnuts
2 ½ cups rolled oats (be sure to use Gluten Free if cooking for someone with sensitivities)
¼ cup flax meal
½ cup non dairy milk
1 large onion
4 clove garlic
1 tsp spice of choice (e.g. sage, turmeric, Italian seasoning, etc)
1 tsp salt
3 cups vegetable stock
You can toss all ingredients (EXCEPT THE VEGETABLE STOCK) into a blender or food processor to chop it all up and mix it, or you can dice everything and stir it together by hand. Your choice.
Allow the mixture to bind/soak/meld together in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Divide the batter into 8-12 patties (depending on your size preference) and use a lightly oiled skillet to brown the patties on both sides.
Pour the stock into the skillet and simmer covered for about 25 minutes (most of the liquid should be absorbed and the patties should be holding together well.)
Remove Skillet from heat and serve immediately or allow to cool and store for future use.
- Throw some shredded carrot, celery, bell pepper into the “batter” for the patty for more color and nutritional variety.
- Simmer it in tomato juice instead of veggie broth
- Smother the finished patties in creamy mushroom soup (like the recipe posted on this sassy blog)
- Serve it on a bun with pickles and condiments so you can blend-in at a BBQ
- OR, make Oatmeal Walnut “Parm”!