“Pork & Beans” Tsukune Patties

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You can not even tell that these patties are made with soy beans! TRUST. I am willing to bet that even the pickiest eaters I know (my niece & nephew) will gobble this up without contest. Tsukune is a Japanese style meatball made with chicken or pork, or a mixture of both. My version packs a lot of protein and fiber, because around half of the ingredients is soy beans! Eating 2 patties made me full (and very happy).

I worked all Saturday in the kitchen testing variations of this recipe, burning things and making a big ‘ol mess. In the middle of it all I realized that my SLR Camera’s Auto Focus stopped working and I was freaking out because I thought I wouldn’t be able to take photos of  all my hard work. I begged my husband to get it fixed so he was on the phone with Costco for an hour trying to figure things out. Then my baby ate some paper and threw it up. It was chaotic. Turns out it may be a hardware issue so I need to contact Canon. What a chore!  Anyways, I realized later that in the midst of my panic, I completely ignored my husband’s suggestion of using the manual focus. Once I calmed down I snapped some photos and was happy again.

Despite all the drama that happened during my recipe development, I am quite happy with the way these patties turned out. I love how the ginger comes through. I bet it would be good as a lettuce wrap with mayo & Sriracha

“Pork & Beans” Tsukune Patties: Makes 20 patties



  1. Blend the soybeans in a food processor to form a chunky paste.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Form patties and place on a lightly oiled frying pan over medium heat.
  4. Cook 10 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

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