Pasta Patty Sandwiches with Peanut Sauce

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When my friend Lazaro of Lazaro Cooks! recently announced the Quickies Noodle Challenge he’s co-hosting with Denise of Quickies on the Dinner Table, I immediately knew I wanted to participate.  The timing was perfect since I’ve been dying for peanut noodles, but I was feeling adventurous and didn’t want to make peanut noodles in the traditional sense…I started thinking about how I could put my own twist on it.

I was thinking about non-traditional burger recipes (Lazaro’s Coconut Curried Lentil & Sweet Potato Potage Sliders inspired me!) and pasta patties came to mind.  I’ve never had pasta patties before, but I imagined how the pasta would get slightly crunchy on the outside and be nice and chewy in the center…how could they not be fantastic?  To make them, I mixed an egg with the pasta to act as a binder and also to add some protein to the dish.  To the pasta patties I also added scallion and toasted sesame seeds for flavor. 

Just look at those deliciously crispy edges!

They were every bit as amazing as I thought they would be, especially with the peanut sauce.  To keep the burger idea going, I served them on rolls with some marinated veggies.  Be forewarned though, serving the pasta patties on rolls yields 4 servings instead of 2 (they are very filling!).  That being said, I actually preferred them without the rolls.  (I love the crunchy texture of the pasta patties and their texture somehow gets lost a little when they’re served on rolls.)  The marinated veggies were a wink and a nudge to a traditional Thai cucumber salad, but with my own twists; the bright and fresh-flavored veggies ended up being a really nice pairing with the pasta patties. 

When I make this again, I think I’ll forgo the rolls and serve the patties with the peanut sauce on side for dipping…and I’ll turn those delicious marinated veggies into a whole salad with the addition of scallion and shredded cabbage (oooh, wouldn’t red cabbage be pretty?) and maybe a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds on top.  Mmm, can’t wait! 

Pasta Patty Sandwiches with Peanut Sauce

(Yield:  2 servings if you’re eating the pasta patties alone, or 4 servings if you make the patties into sandwiches)

Marinated Veggies:

1 TB rice vinegar

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp crushed dried mint

1 carrot, peeled

1/4 c thinly sliced cucumber into rounds

4 thin slices red onion

Pasta Patties:

2 oz spaghetti noodles, cooked to al dente (they don’t have to be cooked fresh for this dish, leftover noodles are fine)

1 large egg, beaten

1 scallion (white and green parts), thinly sliced

1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted

2 TB canola oil

Salt and pepper

2 good quality rolls, split in half crosswise

Peanut sauce (recipe below)

Peanut Sauce:

1 1/2 TB peanut butter

1 TB water

1 tsp (lightly packed) brown sugar

1 tsp tamari sauce

2 tsp lime juice

1 small clove garlic, grated

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

Pinch crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)

In a small bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, sugar, mint, and 1/2 tsp salt.  Use a vegetable peeler to peel the carrots into long, thin ribbons.  Add the carrot ribbons, cucumber slices, and onion slices to the bowl with the rice vinegar mixture.  Add enough cold water to just cover the veggies and let the veggies soak 15-20 minutes, then drain.

In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the peanut sauce.

In a medium bowl, combine the spaghetti noodles, beaten egg, scallion, sesame seeds, and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Add canola oil to a 6-inch frying pan over medium heat; once oil is hot, add half the noodle mixture.  Cook until golden and crispy (about 2 minutes), then use 2 spatulas to flip pasta patty and cook until golden and crispy on the second side (about 2 minutes).  Transfer the patty to a paper-towel lined plate to drain any excess oil and cook the remaining pasta patty in the same way.

To assemble the sandwiches, put the pasta patties on the bottom buns; top with carrot ribbons, cucumber slices, and onion slices.  Spread about 1 TB peanut sauce on the inside of each top bun and serve with the remaining peanut sauce for dipping.

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  1. says

    When I was little my mom always made me spaghetti patties with the leftover spaghetti with butter and parmesan from the night before (it was one of the few things I ate as a child)… I never though of making patties to use as alternative burgers… I’ll have to try!

  2. says

    How creative! I would have never thought to make these, but after you described them…I’m dying to try! My husband and I are thankful for your ingenuity! Thank you so much for sharing with me. Happy Hump Day!

  3. Lazaro says

    Faith,

    You never cease to impress me. Another smart dish. I once did a similar thing with egg to bind pasta, mine actually was a mistake, but what a glorious mistake. I agree that they crispy edges are the absolute best. The peanut sauce is an amazing compliment to the pasta .

    To turn it into a burger is over the top intuitive. You really are an amazing talent.

    Thanks for the kind words and jumping in on our challenge.

  4. says

    Hi Faith,

    Now this is the sexiest sandwich I’ve seen! Your creativity on this dish is over the top – a real winner in my books! Your hubby sure is a lucky man. I love how crispy the pasta patties look. This just may be the perfect way to trick my kiddies into eating pasta. I’m allergic to peanuts, but do remember how great they taste so. Your wonderful peanut sauce is the perfect finishing touch to this lovely medley. Great entry, Faith!

  5. says

    There is only one thing edible that I do not like and that is peanut butter :-( That also goes for my husband as well so we are two of a kind :-) Diane

  6. says

    As interesting and appealing as your dish looks…I fully agree with you about forgoing the rolls next time…maybe a little too over the top in carbs ;)
    Faith…the peanut sauce is my favourite part. Second to a chocolate bath…I’d bathe in peanut sauce. LOL

    This was very creative on your part and certainly will nudge your readers to be even more inventive in their kitchens ;o)

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

  7. says

    How creative this is! I, too, love the crunchy bits of noodles on the edges. My fave part. Never thought to put it all in a sandwich. But I’m loving its compact and easy-to-eat aspects.

  8. says

    Wow, Faith, this is a very unique and original creation! I love the idea of pasta patties, really neat. The crispy edges are perfect and I like the addition of sesame seeds too!

  9. says

    Faith that is such an original idea, and looks great as a burger. I bet they are lovely on their own though, and I adore things with crispy edges…I can pick at them for hours, lol

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