2 tablespoons fine grain cornmeal or 2 tablespoons
red bell peppers, minced
( coarse cornmeal)
fresh lemon juice
extra virgin olive oil
salt, to taste
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
5 ounces arugula leaves or 5 ounces
mixed greens, rinsed and drained well
fresh garlic chives, minced
PATTIES: Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add the corn, shallots and oregano. Saute for about 3-4 minutes. Cool slightly, and stir in the fresh parsley. Alternatively, you can oven roast the corn and shallots if you prefer.
In a food processor or blender, combine the garbanzo beans, French bread crumbs, cornmeal, salt, red bell pepper and 2 tablespoons of the reserved garbanzo bean liquid. Pulse ingredients until chunky. Add the corn and shallot mixture, another tablespoon or so of liquid and pulse quickly, about 10 times. Do not overprocess.
With wet hands, form the garbanzo mixture into 6 equal sized patties, approximately 1/2" thick. Place the polenta on a piece of wax paper and dredge the patties until coated on both sides.
Heat remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the skillet over medium-high heat.
Cook only 3 patties at a time; do not crowd. Cook the patties about 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat with the other patties. Transfer to a warming tray until ready to serve.
DRESSING: In a small, non-reactive bowl, combine the fresh lemon juice with the olive oil. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
Toss half of the lemon/olive oil mixture lightly with the arugula (or mixed greens).
Divide and place the arugula leaves on 6 individual salad plates. Top the arugula with the cooked patties.
Garnish with fresh chives and serve hot. Season lightly with salt. Serve remaining dressing on side.
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