Daily Archives: May 3, 2011

Lentil Patties

Sunday afternoon I started the seasoning process for a new-to-me cast iron skillet I scored several weeks back.  This is my second piece of cast iron, not including my enamel covered pieces.  I really love cooking with cast iron, and knowing that (with proper care) I will have them for the rest of my life makes my personal reduce-reuse-recycle-repurpose campaign all the more fulfilling!

Since my oven was currently occupied with the lengthy process of re-seasoning the skillet, I had to come up with a dinner that could be made stove top, and in a relatively short amount of time.  My niece had stayed with me for the weekend, 4 year olds are exhausting and I was starving!!  Lentil patties to the rescue!

Lentil Patties

1 cup dried lentils, rehydrated. (I had brown on hand but any variety will do.)

1/4 of a medium onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs, toasted

1/2 cup soy flour

1/3 cup water

olive oil

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (Last year’s cilantro self-seeded and is growing like a weed, this makes me extremely happy!!)

Because I typically only measure when it really counts, like baking, the following amount are guesstimates of how much seasoning I used. Feel free to adjust to your personal tastes.

several dashes of Worcestershire sauce (omit to make this vegan/vegetarian friendly)

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cayenne pepper

juice from 1/2 a lime

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tbsp cumin

2 tsp pepper

1 tsp ground mustard

Rinse dried lentils and place in a sauce pan with 2 cups water, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.  Cook for approximately 15 minutes or until soft.  In a large pan, heat a bit of oil over med heat and brown bread crumbs, transfer to a plate.  In the same pan, saute onion for about 2-3 minutes, add garlic, and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Once lentils are cooked transfer to a food processor and pulse to mash them up; this can also be done by hand with a potato masher.  Add onion and garlic, pulse several times.  Transfer lentil mix to a large bowl and add spices, cilantro, Worcestershire, and lime juice; stir to combine.  In another bowl mix flour and water, then add to lentil mix; stir to incorporate.  Shape into patties (I made 7 palm-sized patties) and coat with breadcrumbs.  Place in skillet on med heat and cook until both sides are browned.

I paired mine up with some of my canned yellow tomato salsa and green beans. Delish!



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