Chickpea Crabbie Patties Recipe

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Chickpea Crab Cakes a Meatless Monday Recipe

No Seafood Involved

I hope you follow Kim O’Donnel on Facebook, Twitter and her writings in USA TODAY. She’s passionate. She’s empathetic and God love her, she is not Vegetarian. She did however literally write the book on The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes Carnivores Will Devour

The voice of “Meatless Monday” Kim is encourages “giving more real estate on your plate to vegetables.” It’s a challenge I am easing into.

What I like about Kim’s Chickpea Crab Cakes recipe is there is no seafood involved. I love seafood, but my affections are unrequited. Kim lived many years on the eastern seaboard, so she knows what authentic crab cakes are supposed to taste like. Me, I’ve had them at the Fifth Quarter and at D’Sheas in Lexington.

Kim O'Donnel Cookbook Author "Meatlovers Meatless Cookbook"

Kim’s recipe called for dried chickpeas soaked and cooked up like a batch of pinto means minus the pork. Our big box store might stock dried chickpeas…but I don’t go there. I try to spend my money at our regional supermarket where everybody knows my name. Unfortunately, they don’t know dried chickpeas.

If you caught my Falafel….Are You Serious? post, you know I used canned chickpeas for this recipe. I am sure that dried chickpeas would produce a better result. You know, like the difference between canned pinto beans and honest-to-goodness home cooked pinto beans. But, in my opinion, this meatless option definitely equals my crab patty experiences thus far.

There was the exploding chickpea incident, but we will speak of it no more.

Buy Kim’s book The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes Carnivores Will Devour to get the best in Meatless offerings. Until then, this is my take on “Chickpea Crabbie Patties.”

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About Joyce

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.