Saturday, November 15, 2008

Lentil Patties

Bill has not been very happy with a lot of our meals since I quit eating dairy about a year ago. Therefore I was not very optimistic when I decided to make lentil patties with chickpea gravy. I can't think of many things that sound more weirdo vegetarian than that. Surprisingly, he really liked these and he swears that they taste just like Salisbury Steak. I have no idea what that tastes like so I couldn't tell you if he's right or not but I'll take his word for it.

I adapted this recipe slightly from one on

Lentil Patties

1 cup dried brown lentils
3 cups water
1/4 cup rice milk
1 cup oatmeal
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
2 eggs (I used Egg Beaters)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Vegetable oil for frying

Place the lentils and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain any remaining water.

In a large bowl, mix together the cooked lentils, milk, oatmeal, eggs, walnuts, and onion soup mix. Mix well. Let stand for 30 minutes or refrigerate overnight.

Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Use an ice cream scoop to portion out balls of the lentil mixture. Drop them into the pan and flatten them with the back of a spatula. Fry until nicely brown on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.

Top with ketchup or your choice of gravy.

Kay: These were crunchy and I thought they tasted like peanuts. I don't usually like lentils. I had gravy on mine but I think I would have liked ketchup better.
Mom (Dana): For leftovers, we saved the mixture and fried them up fresh the next day. We had these with mashed potatoes and roasted cauliflower and it all came together quickly and with little effort.


Holler said...

The patties sound good, although I would have to substitute the walnuts, as Graham has a real aversion to them.

Champsleeve said...

I'm sure you could leave the walnuts out and maybe just use some bread crumbs instead. The walnuts add a little flavor but I think they'd still be good without them.