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Indian Veggie Burger: Product Review

Gentle Readers, The Practical Cook is on a mission to find the best veggie burger in the land. All contestants welcome. I’ll be trying them in restaurants, from the freezer case, and from scratch recipes. Today’s entry is a most delightful twist on the theme: Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala Burger

Trader Joe's Vegetable Masala Burger

Trader Joe's Vegetable Masala Burger

These frozen gems are a bit on the spicy side, and remind me of samosa filling or loosely packed pakora. Either way, that adds up to delicious in my book. I fully intend to use them as a cheating chaat the next time I serve Indian food.

Trader Joe's Vegetable Masala Burgers contain lots of visible veggies.

Trader Joe's Vegetable Masala Burgers contain lots of visible veggies.

They are a bit luscious (aka, greasy), which I also dig. The Practical Cook abhors a dry veggie burger. For our taste test, I served them in pita with lettuce, with yogurt on the side for cooling.

Half a masala burger fit nicely into the mini pita.

Half a masala burger fit nicely into the mini pita.

The Practical Cooks Junior liked the flavor, but found them to be too spicy. I basically ate the whole box, and then bought some more to try with the Mom’s Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls featured earlier. Wow, I love them.

Vegetable Masala Burgers in Pita with Lettuce

Vegetable Masala Burgers in Pita with Lettuce

For the vegetarians looking for something new, give these a shot.

Have you made veggie burgers from scratch? If you’ve got a recipe, send it my way. Post a comment below to nominate a veggie burger for the taste test!

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When Ice Cream Tastes Like Controversy: Ben and Jerry’s Schweddy Balls (with video)

Gentle Readers, it’s hard to even type that when The Practical Cook knows she’s getting ready to use some less than genteel language. But alas, it is my sworn duty to wade into challenging waters, and therefore, I have found and tasted Ben & Jerry’s Schweddy Balls Ice Cream.

If you like rum, you'll love Schweddy Balls Ice Cream from Ben & Jerry's

If you like rum, you'll love Schweddy Balls Ice Cream from Ben & Jerry's

Was it worth the search? Roll the tape:

In the end, I’m not as much of a rum fan as I am a peanut butter fan. This is good ice cream if you’re into the flavor profile, or looking to completely alienate a stuffy family member. Alternatively, it makes for a great hostess gift during the holidays. If you like malted milk balls, and rum balls, you’ll like this ice cream.

Try serving it over a chocolate stout cake for a holiday balls sensation.

Try serving it over a chocolate stout cake for a holiday balls sensation.

For me, I’ll stick with Clusterfluff or the German Chocolate Cake numbers. Go to Whole Foods if you’d like to perform the taste test, or let us know if you find it elsewhere! Post a comment below with your opinion and any additional locations for purchase for our viewing audience.

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Up tomorrow, a warm-up pitch: Three More of My Least Favorite Things. Names will be named.

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