Soybean Cakes

Makes 1 Dozen

These are especially good with a mild cheese such as Jack or Swiss.

• 1 cup dry soybeans, soaked overnight and cooked
• 1 onion, chopped fine
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• I tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 tablespoon miso
• 1 teaspoon tamari soy sauce

Mash beans well in a suribuchi (a ceramic bowl with serrated lines on the inside surface, sometimes found in Japanese or natural food stores) or put through a food grinder or ricer. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. The mash should be very thick and hold well when shaped into a ball. Form into patties and bake on a cookie sheet in slow oven (300º F) for about 30 minutes. Turn once while baking. Cakes are done when they feel solid. They will be crusty on the outside and soft inside.

VARIATIONS: add leftover cooked grains; carrots are a good addition; season with oregano; pour hot chili sauce over the cakes.

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