Really Simple Lentils
I haven’t been able to get the Dogwood’s lentil barley burger out of my head since Nick and I went there for my birthday in June. It was perfectly seasoned, perfectly cooked, and perfectly yummy.
Then I was reading this month’s issue of Real Simple and I stumbled upon this recipe for lentil fritters.
I just so happened to have a package of Trader Joe’s precooked lentils sitting in my fridge,
so I decided to use the burger and fritters as my inspiration for dinner tonight!
1 17 oz. package precooked lentils
1 clove garlic
oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper to taste
about 1/3 C. bread crumbs
1. Combine half of the lentils, garlic, and seasonings in a food processor or blender and blend until a paste begins to form.
2. Combine lentil “paste” in a bowl with the remaining whole lentils and bread crumbs, plus extra seasonings if necessary.
3. Form 7-8 patties and cook in a nonstick pan (medium-high heat) for 3-4 minutes or until brown on each side.
These were as delicious as they were easy to make.
I turned my patty into a quesadilla of sorts, heating it up in a tortilla with a little bit of cheddar cheese and hot sauce. Served with a big salad (spinach and red pepper), I think this recipe did justice to The Dogwood and Real Simple ; )
Have you been inspired to cook something based on a favorite restaurant dish lately?