Eggplant and lentil patties

I decided that since I have been bad with updating for the past 2 months or so, this week I will be good and give you 3 recipes!

This recipe was inspired by Manu’s Menu eggplant patties. In my version though there are lentils in the patties. I had leftover lentils an I figured they would work well to make patties.

And they did! the result where super soft pattes with a flavor profile close to that of Middle Eastern dishes (well of course that might be because I added Middle Eastern spices to it).

By the way, eggplants are a great substitute for meat and I served my patties with pita bread and tomato sauce. They made for a really nice dinner and they are much better than those vegetarian patties you buy frozen at the supermarket!

Eggplant and lentil patties

Eggplant and lentil patties

Ingredients

  • 3 small eggplants or 1 large
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cooked lentils
  • spices (I used a blend for Middle Eastern meatballs)
  • breadcrumbs as needed
  • corn flour
  • salt
  • pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil

Directions

    1. First slice your eggplants in half lengthwise and cook them in a 400F oven for about 30 minutes or until soft.
    2. When the eggplants are ready, skin them and combine the eggplant and the lentils in a chopper and mix until pureed.
    3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add in the other ingredients. Start with mixing in the egg, the spices and the salt and pepper. I used middle Eastern spices, but basil, oregano or Mediterranean herbs would work great too!
    4. Then add in the breadcrumbs. Keep adding breadcrumbs until you have a more or less manageable dough. The dough should stay soft, but should be dry enough for you to handle and form into patties.

  1. Flour the patties with the flour. I like to use cornflour, because I find it gives a bit more of a crunch than regular flour when it is fried.
  2. Shallow fry the patties in the olive oil until browned on both sides. Serve hot with a bit of tomato sauce and your favorite side. Or make it a hamburger of sort by putting it in a bun or a pita as I did.

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