Sunday, November 6, 2011

Lentil Pizza Patties

These patties are very similar to the OATVP Patties I've published before but instead of using Textured Vegetable Protein, I have used lentils. Even though I have no problem with soy, I know some people who do and because I want the maximum number of people to enjoy my food, I've made it my goal to try to offer soy and soy-free versions of my recipes. To make these patties even more interesting I have chosen to dress them up with tomato and cheese and make a private Lentil Pizza Patty Party!.

As a side dish I made the Sweet and Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries published by The Inventive Vegetarian! Truly delicious! (click on the link for the recipe).


Ingredients

1/2 cup lentils soaked in 1/2 cup of water for at least 1 hour
2 cups water
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon oregano 
2 bay leaves
1 cup quick-cooking oats
4 teaspoons vital wheat gluten flour ( 2 teaspoons xantham gum for gluten-free**)
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1/4 cup bread crumbs 
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup shredded cheese (mozzarella or any other soft cheese)



Preparation

In a medium saucepan combine the soaked lentils, water, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, oregano and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain, reserving the liquid.
* If a smooth texture is desired for the patties, mash or puree the lentils, at this point*
In the same saucepan, combine the oats, vital wheat gluten or xantham gum, flax seeds, lentils and 1 cup of the reserved liquids. Cook until a sticky dough is formed. Remove from the heat and wait until cool enough to handle.
In a shallow dish spread the bread crumbs. Separate the dough into 8 pieces and make small balls. Coat them with the crumbs and flatten them, forming into patties. 
** When using xantham gum, the dough is not so sticky, they might take a moment longer to form**
Lay them on a greased baking sheet and spray them with olive oil. Bake in a preheated oven to 400 degrees F, for 10 minutes on each side. They can also be broiled in the lowest rack, 7 minutes on each side.
Once golden brown, spread the tomato sauce and sprinkle with the cheese. Return to the oven or broiler until the cheese is melted (2 minutes maximum for broiler).
Serve them on top of a slice of crusty bread, with some lettuce and sweet potato fries!!

Enjoy the Pizza Patty!!


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