White Bean Patty,
Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
The White Bean Patty with Fruit Salsa tops the list at Syracuse University, where the foodservice department operates 31 units, including five residential dining centers that service approximately 7,000 meal plan students. Ruth Sullivan, R.D., campus dietitian, developed the recipe in partnership with a dining center manager in an effort to increase the number of vegan patties served.
First introduced in the summer of 2009, the dish is “the most popular vegetarian item on the menu and we make several batches throughout the meal period,” says Sullivan. When tested against other vegan and vegetarian options, the White Bean Patty came out a favorite, she says. It’s served in all the residential dining centers and marketed through the on-line menu, the Meatless Monday campaign and the dining mobile app. What makes this item so popular? “The patty offers a nice flavor and, when coupled with the spicy, cold fruit salsa, it makes a great combination,” says Sullivan.