Lentil patties

Yield: 5 patties

Measure Ingredient
⅔ cup Lentils, dried
⅓ cup Carrot, shredded
1¾ cup Water
½ cup Celery; finely chopped
1 medium Onion; finely chopped
1 teaspoon Garlic; finely chopped
⅓ cup Bulgur, uncooked
½ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Chili powder
⅛ teaspoon Pepper
1 teaspoon Soy sauce
½ cup Bread crumbs

In 2 quart saucepan combine lentils, carrot, water, celery, onion and garlic. Cook over high heat until mixture comes to a full boil (4-5 min) Reduce heat to medium. Cover, continue cooking 10 minutes. Stir in bulgur. Cover, continue cooking, stirring occasionally until lentils and bulgur are tender and liquid is absorbed (10 - 15 min) Stir in salt, chili powder, ground pepper and soy sauce; mix well, mashing lentils *slightly*. Place in medium bowl; stir in bread crumbs. Let stand 20 minutes until it cools down, stir again.

Form mixture into 5 or 6 ½ inch thick patties.

Spray skillet with non stick cooking spray (do not use oil or butter) heat over medium high heat until hot. Reduce heat to medium, add 3 patties. Cook turning once until golden brown and heated through (4-6 minutes) Repeat with remaining patties. As Patties are browned, remove and place on rack while cooking others.

NOTE: Patties appear fragile at first, but they do "stiffen" if they stand for a few minutes. Freeze well, defrost before warming again.

== Courtesy of Dale & Gail Shipp, Columbia Md. == Submitted By GAIL SHIPP On 03-21-95

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