I am by no means a vegetarian. In fact, when I was little I used to tell my Mum that when I grew up I would be a meatatarian. I’m not sure if that’s even a word but it pretty much sums up my passion for meat.
But as an adult, I’ve come to realize that I am just as crazy about vegetables. I would struggle to name one that I dislike. I used to be able to say that I didn’t like fennel, but even that has changed since taking part in a team building event at a cooking school in Amsterdam where we made a fennel risotto that was incredibly delicious.
And although I am and always will be a meat advocate, I also think that it’s healthy to cook a vegetarian meal a couple of times per week. I figure that my weekly meat intake is already impressive enough, whereas you can never eat enough vegetables.
A couple of good friends of mine have also recently “crossed over to the dark side” (they’ve become vegetarians) and so I’m always on the lookout for great vegetarian meals that I can whip up whenever they come around for dinner. These vegetarian patties are packed with a power punch of flavour and incredibly moreish.
These burgers use English Cheddar cheese, which is available these days at most Dutch supermarkets. But if you can’t find it, just substitute it with some aged or tasty cheese.