If I were a better blogger I would have instructions for each measurement and step to create every square millimeter of this bodacious hunk of veg, but I am too human and too spontaneous, so I'll share the recipe-less process.
As you may have read in my Lentil Sliders recipe, which is strikingly similar to this one in stature, I am horrible at making sufficiently-stuck-together veggie burgers and I have followed enough recipes to be confident in that fact. This veggie burger was an accident. It was a failed black bean stew to be exact. You'd be surprised at how spicy adobo sauce is and how difficult it is to backtrack that mistake. So I added carrots and pureed potatoes. When that didn't work I added flour and breadcrumbs and let it sit overnight to find a nice heap patty potential waiting for me in the morning.
Veganomicon, but I didn't have any potatoes. Cue in sweet potatoes (recipe below).
Now to the sauce. I have unearthed a love for cooking with wine, so when I glanced over the words "wine" and "roux" (also in my copy of Veganomicon), I thought, "Oh, good idea" and whipped up this saucy stuff. Essentially it goes like this:
-Put some vegan butter in a saucepan
-Add some finely chopped yellow onions (we're talking almost a paste - you will cry) to the melted veg butter and let cook
-After the onions have cooked add some wine: just a few tablespoons
-After everything is near bubbly throw in another few tablespoons of coconut cream (add more or less to fit your taste buds' needs)
-Once this is all hot an bothered add about a tablespoon of flour and start whisking. Don't stop-it will become very thick very quickly.
-Add about 1/4 - 1/3 c more wine and about 1/2 c more coconut cream and continue whisking as it continues to thicken. Once it coats the back of a spoon you can stop. Remember the sauce will thicken when it cools, producing a cheese-like consistency when stored in the fridge. It will continue to act like cheese by melting when you place it on something hot like a veggie burger, for instance.
Once everything is good and done and you are shoving this heaping metropolis of gold into your face it will start to look like this: