Sunday, November 24, 2013

Tofu-Sausage Patties

Here is another successful recipe for The Patty.  My family and I really liked my Tofu Quinoa Patties , and it really encouraged me to keep trying my hand at variations. This one was also well-received by the fam; little JK had three! This one's base is also tofu, and I'm happy with the texture and taste.  The center, like the ones with quinoa, is still somewhat soft, but it actually doesn't detract from the end result.  I tried different methods of preparing these particular patties and ended up liking the final method the best, even though it might seem redundant or time-consuming.  The final patty is worth the process.  Eventually, I'd like to try my hand at patties with bases other than tofu, although these patties and the quinoa ones hold up really well and could be eaten as a burger with the bun.  I'll let you know when I have another patty worthy of showing you. 

Tofu-Sausage Patties


3 leeks, the whites chopped small
1 head of garlic, peeled and chopped small
1 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 pkgs. 14-16oz. water-packed tofu, drained
1/2 cup cracker crumbs, either already boxed or grind your favorite
1 Gimme Lean Sausage tube
Canola oil for frying
Non-stick spray


Heat the oven to 425 degrees.  Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray, and set aside.  In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the leeks and garlic and cook for ten minutes, stirring occasionally, or until they begin to brown.   While those are cooking, mash the tofu in a large bowl.  Add the cracker crumbs and mash together, using your hands if necessary.  Do the same with the Gimme Lean sausage.  To the pan with the leeks and garlic, add the salt and pepper, and stir.  When ready, add those ingredients to the bowl with the tofu mixture and mix well.  Add a tablespoon or so of canola oil to the same pan, and keep heat on medium.  Shape the tofu mixture into balls slightly smaller than the size of a tennis ball - these are big patties!  Flatten them slightly in your palm and lay them in the pan.  Cook on one side for ten minutes without disturbing, then flip over and cook for another ten minutes. Add more oil to the pan, if you are doing these in batches. Place patties on baking sheet, and bake for twenty minutes, flipping halfway through. So good. Makes ten patties.  Feeds five hungry vegans.


  1. Wow these sound delicious! Now I just have to work out what I can use in place of the gimme lean because we can't get it over here!
    So lovely to connect with other Christian vegans! :-) Sometimes I feel like there isn't too many of us!

  2. Nice looking patties! I've been thinking of freeforming some myself since I have a ton of rice to use up. Thanks for the tips.

  3. This post triggered a repressed memory in me: growing up, my mother always reeeeeeally enjoyed her own cooking. Every dinner, she was like 'Mmmmmm! Mmmmmmm!' really savoring whatever she made. While I was all like trying to choke whatever it was down in order to get to dessert. Not sure why I remembered that.

    It doesn't say this recipe serves five hungry vegans, is that cuz JK ate more than his fair share? Who had to sacrifice their Pattie for the growing boy?

  4. Is that a whole head of garlic or just one clove?

  5. Sandy, I know! We need to spread the word and recruit more Christian vegans! :-) If you don't have the Gimme Lean, you can try the other patties I mentioned in the post: Tofu Quinoa - they are very good, too.

    FF, Thanks! Have fun trying different methods out. I look forward to reading about your successes.

    SV, not sure how I feel about that repressed memory creeping up as you read my post. Hmm. Thanks for the heads up on my closing statement - good catch! As far as JK or any other time we lack in food, yours truly goes without, and gladly so. I have room to lose, and he doesn't. :-)

    Andrea, a whole head, m'dear.

    Diane, thanks!

  6. I do love a good sausage patty! No Gimme Lean over here (more's the pity!) but I reckon a Linda McCartney sausage or two would do the trick very well!

  7. the patties looks great and I bet they were delicious too...good job. I hope everything is good in the home front... BM I would like you to visit my frugalicious blog to see the doll house I made out of 2 cardboard boxes for my grand-daughter.

    it took me 4 months to make this dollhouse.

  8. Joey, as long as that sausage is soft and squishy, it should be fine.

    Millie, I'll check it out. :-)