I’ve really starting getting into the lentil craze these past few months. From soups, to salads to even substituting lentils for mashed potatoes. So I figured if you can mash up some potatoes and turn them into a potato cake then why not do it with some
Mashed lentils?? Totally spot on and adding some bacon and smoked paprika ( which I add to everything) just fave it that flavor core that would turn any lentil skeptic into a lentil LOVER!!
2 cups red lentils
3 cups chicken stock
6 slices of bacon cooked and chopped
2 cloves garlic grated
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons hot sauce
1/2 onion chopped and diced small
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teas Thyme
Salt and pepper
In a med sized pot bring 3 cups of chicken stock to boil over med heat. Once bubbling add lentils and stir. Once liquid starts to absorb and lentils become soften( usually about 7 to 10 mins) start breaking up lentils with a Wooden spoon. Once liquid has completely absorbed ( another 5 to 7 mins) and lentils mash up easily with your wooden spoon, remove from heat. Mash up lentils till they have the same consistency as a standard mashed potato. Once lentils are completely mashed , add chopped cooked bacon, grated Parmesan cheese , garlic, onion, hot sauce, smoked paprika and thyme,salt and pepper and mix. Now you’re ready to add your flour. Add just a few tablespoons at a time till the entire 1/2 cup is incorporated.
Now you can form your patties. I usually take about half a palm full of mixture to form the patties to ensure all the patties are the same size ( should make 6 to 8 patties). Once all patties are made, preheat large skillet on med high heat and add a few drizzles of olive oil. Once pan is hot enough, drop 4 patties at a time. Sautee each side for 4 to 5 mins till tops are golden brown. Once patties are browned on both sides remove and place on a large platter. Serve with either a fried or poached egg on top.
Cooking time: approx 25 mins
Serves 6 to 8 peeps