Lentil Patties

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Lentil patties

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Looking for a flavorful and nutritious vegetarian dish? These Lentil Patties are a tasty and versatile option that can be enjoyed as a main course or a savory snack. Packed with protein and fiber from red lentils and infused with aromatic herbs and spices, these patties are sure to become a favorite in your recipe rotation.

Why Make Lentil Patties

Lentil Patties are not only delicious but also a great way to incorporate plant-based protein into your diet. They’re budget-friendly, easy to make, and can be customized with your favorite herbs and spices. Whether you’re a vegetarian, flexitarian, or simply looking to add more meatless meals to your repertoire, these patties are a satisfying option for any occasion.

How to Make Lentil Patties

  1. Prep the Lentils: Rinse the red lentils thoroughly and cook them according to package instructions until soft but not mushy. Once cooked, drain any excess water and let them cool slightly.
  2. Sauté Veggies: Heat a splash of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the chopped shallot, minced garlic, and grated carrot until softened and fragrant, about 5-7 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool.
  3. Mash and Mix: In a large bowl, combine the cooked lentils, sautéed veggies, chopped parsley, tomato puree, salt, and black pepper. Mash the mixture slightly with a fork or potato masher, leaving some texture. If you’re using breadcrumbs and/or eggs for binding, add them now and mix well to combine.
  4. Form Patties: Shape the mixture into patties. If the mixture is too wet, you can add a bit more breadcrumbs to help it hold together.
  5. Cook Patties: Heat a thin layer of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside.
  6. Serve: Enjoy these savory lentil patties hot, with your favorite sides or as a burger patty with all the fixings. They’re delicious on their own or with a dollop of yogurt or tahini sauce on top.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Lentil Patties as a main course alongside a fresh salad, roasted vegetables, or whole grains for a balanced meal. They also make a tasty appetizer or snack when served with a dipping sauce such as tzatziki, hummus, or spicy mayo.

Storage Info

Store any leftover lentil patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them in a skillet or oven until warmed through before serving.

Some Techniques or Tips

  • Experiment with different herbs and spices to customize the flavor of your lentil patties. Cumin, paprika, coriander, and chili powder are all great options.
  • For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free breadcrumbs or substitute cooked quinoa or oats for binding.
  • If you prefer a smoother texture, you can blend the cooked lentils and sautéed veggies in a food processor before mixing in the remaining ingredients.

FAQs about Lentil Patties

  1. Can I freeze the lentil patties for later use? Yes, you can freeze the uncooked patties on a baking sheet until firm, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before cooking as directed.
  2. Can I use green or brown lentils instead of red lentils? While red lentils are preferred for their quicker cooking time and softer texture, you can use green or brown lentils if that’s what you have on hand. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly and mash them well for the patties.
  3. Can I make these lentil patties vegan? Yes, you can make these lentil patties vegan by omitting the optional eggs and using a vegan-friendly binder such as flaxseed meal mixed with water. Adjust the seasoning to taste and ensure the mixture holds together well before forming the patties.

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