More Lentils for Lent: Lentil-Olive-Mushroom Patties

Forgive me if I seem to be dwelling on the topic of
lentils, but they’re incredibly versatile and healthy.

Here’s another patty-style lentil recipe that’s suitable
for Lent, or any other time of year. Hope you’ll like it!
Lentil-Olive-Mushroom Patties

Lentil – Olive – Mushroom Patties    

Yield: 5 patties

        1 Tbsp.
olive oil
        1 small
onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
        1/2 pound
white button mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
        2 cloves
garlic, minced
ground black pepper
        1/2 tsp.
dried oregano
        ¼ cup fresh
parsley, finely chopped
        1/3 cup
pitted kalamata olives
        1-1/4 cups
cooked lentils, (canned or dried, cooked lentils can be used)
        1/2 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs, plus more for coating
        1 Tbsp.
fresh lemon juice
olive oil for pan-frying

1. Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet
over medium-high heat. Sautė the onions for about 3 minutes or until they begin
to soften. Add mushrooms, garlic, black pepper, oregano, and parsley; sautė for
7 to 10 minutes, or until mushrooms are cooked. Remove from heat and allow to cool
for 10 minutes.
2 .Place cooled onion-mushroom mixture into the food
processor along with the olives, lentils, ½ cup breadcrumbs, and lemon juice.
Pulse until almost smooth, leaving some of the ingredients chunky for added texture.
Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl and thoroughly combine.

NOTE: No additional salt is added to this recipe since the olives are rather salty.

3 Using a ½ cup measure, divide the mixture into 5 equal
patties.  Slightly flatten them, and coat
each side in a little more of the breadcrumbs.
(This will create a nice crust on the surface when cooked.)
4. Place the shaped, coated patties on a plate lined with
plastic wrap; cover and refrigerate for about 20 minutes, or until ready to cook.
5. Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet
over medium-high heat. Cook the patties for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or
until lightly golden brown and heated through.

NOTE:  The patties can also be baked in a preheated 350°F
oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray. Spray
a little cooking spray on the top of each patty to keep them for getting too
dry; bake for 15 minutes. Turn them over and bake for an additional 12 to
15 minutes, or until lightly browned.

VARIATION: About 1/2 cup of pre-cooked brown rice, bulgur, or quinoa may
be added to the mixture in step #2 for a heartier final product.

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  1. Ara March 13, 2014 at 5:37 am

    This is like "yapma" on steroids. In case you are wondering, yapma is an Aintabtsi way of using leftover lentil keuftah. When you make lentil keuftah (the vegetarian version of chi keuftah), you really do not want to eat the leftovers as-is the next day, because they tend to go dry after a while. So, instead, you put all the leftover keuftahs in a bowl, add flour to thicken the "dough", knead, then shape into flat patties that you can then fry. I like to serve these yapmas with tahini/garlic sauce (taratoor), sliced tomatoes, pickles, etc. (sort of like falafel).

    But your version sounds really yummy and better balanced.

    1. Robyn Kalajian March 16, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Ah, thanks for the explanation of yapma; that's a great way to recycle lentil (vospov) kufteh!


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