Wild Rice Veggie Sliders with Herbed Ricotta

I’m a midwesterner by and thru. I like my adopted house state of California however a bit of me will at all times be in Illinois. I nonetheless sometimes lengthy for these sluggish summer time days at my dad or mum’s home on a the lake or these mornings waking as much as snow on the bottom. I miss the sensation of the primary day that looks like spring and there are nonetheless instances that the sensation of getting a lot contemporary produce year-round feels odd. We’ve chatted about transferring again however for now, I’m a transplant residing within the golden state. All of this made me so excited to see Shelly’s stunning new e-book, Vegetarian Heartland.

These wild rice veggie sliders are a recipe from her e-book. Shelly’s e-book is crammed with pictures that seize the Midwest in all probably the most great methods with recipes that do the identical. The recipes are the proper mixture of conventional fare with the contemporary flavors one expects from vegetarian recipes. I’m excited to have this e-book of my shelf for all these instances I lengthy for house.

Wild Rice Veggie Sliders with Herbed Ricotta

Wild Rice Veggie Sliders with Herbed Ricotta | Vegetarian Heartland

Wild rice sliders topped with a flavorful herbed ricotta from the cookbook, Vegetarian Heartland.


Herbed Ricotta

  • eight oz (230 g) whole-milk ricotta
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped contemporary flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil or dried oregano
  • half teaspoon dried dill
  • Fine sea salt
  • Freshly floor black pepper

Veggie Burgers

  • 2/three cup (120 g) wild rice, rinsed
  • four half cups vegetable inventory, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 massive yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely diced
  • three carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • three garlic cloves, minced
  • Leaves from 2 sprigs dill, chopped
  • 1/three cup (75 g) tahini
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • half teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • half tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/three cup (15 g) bread crumbs
  • 16 slider buns, cut up


  • To make the herbed ricotta: In a medium bowl, whisk collectively the ricotta, garlic, parsley, basil, and in poor health. Season with salt and pepper. Store in an hermetic container within the fridge for as much as 1 week.
  • To make the veggie burgers: In a big saucepan (with a lid) over excessive warmth, mix the wild rice and four cups vegetable inventory and convey to a boil. Turn the warmth to low and simmer, lined, till tender, 40 to 45 minutes. Drain, switch to a big bowl, and let cool barely.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium-low warmth, heat the olive oil. add the onion, celery, and carrots, and sauté till very gentle, 12 to 15 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté till aromatic, about 30 seconds extra. Remove from the warmth and fold within the chopped dill. 
  • In a high-speed blender or meals processor, mix the tahini, dates, oregano, cayenne, mustard, and remaining 1/four cup vegetable inventory and mix till easy. 
  • Add the tahini-date paste, the bread crumbs, and the sautéed greens to the bowl with the wild rice and fold collectively till mixed. Transfer to an hermetic container and refrigerate for at the least 1 hour or as much as in a single day.
  • Using your arms, form 1/four cup ( 65 g) of the combination right into a ball after which gently flatten right into a patty that’s about 1 inch (25 mm) thick. Transfer the patties to a plate and proceed to kind patties with the remaining combination. Cover and refrigerate the patties for as much as 24 hours or cook dinner them immediately.
  • Preheat a charcoal or fuel grill to medium warmth.
  • Arrange the patties on the grill, cowl, and cook dinner, flipping as soon as till warmed by, 12 to 15 minutes. 
  • Place every patty between a bun and prime with herbed ricotta. Serve instantly. 


Recipe Notes

Tips & Tricks: Shelly recommends holding these patties small as they maintain collectively higher. I can agree with this- I attempted making bigger patties and so they positively did not maintain collectively as close to as effectively.

Link: This recipe is reprinted from Vegetarian Heartland with permission from Shelly Westerhausen and Chronicle Books.