Za’atar Chickpea Patties
with roasted eggplant and bulgur salad
Using za'atar to season chickpea patties really allows its herby, savory flavor to shine. This meal takes inspiration from the Mediterranean with a side dish of warm eggplant and grain salad.
Smarts: If you're making Thursday's meal, be sure to make a double batch of bulgur tonight.
- Bulgur, uncooked - 1 cup
- Beans, garbanzo (14 oz / 397 g) - 2 cans , drained and rinsed
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
- Za'atar - 1 Tbsp
- Salt - 1/2 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
- Eggs - 1
- Panko breadcrumbs - 3/4 cup
- Flour, all-purpose - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Lemons - 1 , wedges
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Yogurt, plain or Greek - for serving
- Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
- Vinegar, apple cider - 1 Tbsp
- Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
- Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp
- Eggplants, Chinese or Japanese - 1 lb , cubed (sub Italian eggplant)
- Parsley, curly-leaf - 3/4 cup , chopped
- Mint, fresh - 8 leaves , finely chopped
- Pistachios, shelled - 1/4 cup (sub pine nuts)
Cook bulgur - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating first; double if making Thursday’s meal.) Combine bulgur with 2x the amount of water (or use stock if you prefer) in a saucepan. Add in some salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 10 to 12 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Make dressing - Whisk together lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, and first portion of olive oil. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Eggplant - Cube eggplant. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Make chickpea patties - Drain and rinse beans. Mash beans in a food processor or in a bowl using a potato masher or pastry blender (it’s okay if some larger pieces remain). Add soy sauce, za'atar, salt, black pepper, eggs, panko, and flour. Mix everything together until evenly combined. Use your hands to make small patties 2" / 5 cm across or about 5 / serving. (Note: The mixture should be fairly sticky, but if it’s too sticky to work with, add some more flour a spoonful at a time.) (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
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Heat oven to 425F / 218C degrees.
Toss eggplant with second portion of olive oil and season with some salt. Spread out on a sheet pan.
Bake eggplant, turning with a spatula halfway through cooking, until very tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
While eggplant bakes, sear the chickpea patties. Heat a large skillet with cooking oil over medium heat. Add chickpea patties in a single layer (do this in batches if needed). Sear on both sides until golden brown and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes total.
In a mixing bowl, combine roasted eggplant and dressing. Stir in bulgur (reserve half if doubled), parsley, mint, and pistachios. Season with some salt and pepper.
Serve chickpea patties with yogurt and lemon wedges for squeezing over top. Enjoy salad on the side.