This week I cooked two kinds of patties: Lentil and zucchini. I freeze them for guests that are coming to visit us this summer and fall. I got these recipes from a friend who is a fabulous cook. They do have lots of bread crumbs in them (Italian style) and are cooked with Canola oil (more oil than I usually cook with) , but they freeze so well and they are SO DELICIOUS. I just eat one patty at a time. * You can make your own whole-wheat bread crumbs and sauté them slower with very little oil, close and open lid every couple of minutes, but... they will not taste as fabulous as with the method I use here.
1 cup lentils, soaked overnight in cold water (I soak it in the pot I'll cook them. I just drain the water in the morning and add fresh water to cover the lentils) 4 very large Idaho potatoes About 8 oz. Italian Style bread crumbs, Progresso brand or other Garam Masala to taste Cumin to taste (I put extra Cumin. Love this spice) Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 4 garlic cloves, minced
1. Boil the potatoes in water until they can be mashed easily (soft). Mash them and let them cool completely. 2. Cook the lentils until they are soft (taste with a teaspoon). Let cool completely. 3. Combine together the lentils and potatoes and add the bread crumbs and spices. * There are NO eggs in this recipe. The potatoes hold it all together. 4. Make small balls and then flatten them to a shape of a pattie. Heat the oil ( about 1/4 inch deep or less) and drop carefully the patties in a large pan. Start with medium-high heat (# 5 on my electric stove), until they get their round firm shape and the color on the bottom is golden). When turning them to the other side, turn off the heat (only on electric top stove, not gas). Continue cooking them on # 4 until they are golden color on the other side. Put them on a cookie sheet, one layer. Let it cool completely and then freeze. I put the already cool patties on a cookie sheet in the freezer. When they are frozen, I take out the cookie sheet, and put the frozen patties in freezer Zip log bags, label and date them.
The same way I cook the zucchini patties. They require a little more canola oil, because they have eggs in them.
ZUCCHINI PATTIES *** In the summer, I buy the zucchini from the local farmers. They taste incredible
2 extra large onions, chopped 6 extra large zucchini (mine were very large, from the farmer's market. DELICIOUS) 8-12 oz. Italian style, progresso bread crumbs 6 jumbo eggs (or 8 size large) Fresh dill, chopped to taste (I use about 1/2 a cup) 6 garlic cloves, minced Salt and freshly ground black pepper
The same as the recipe above, with one addition. In canola or olive oil, on high heat (stand by the stove, close and open lid every couple of minutes , sauté until they are golden color. From here continue with the same method as above
To serve Take them out from the freezer into the refrigerator. Thaw them in the fridge. Bring them to room temperature (leave them on the counter 30-60 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and bake them about 10 minutes, until crisp.
Edited by: PERSISTENCEMIMI at: 7/19/2013 (11:41)
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