The first of many that caught my eye was her Lentil and Beetroot Burgers with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. I knew straight away that I could easily sub out the grated beet with veg pulp, but I didn’t have a clue as to what sumac was, and actually had to google it after reading it on the ingredient list. There aren’t any substitutions, but the interwebs said it has a bitter quality so I simply used a bit of Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice instead.
Well, let me tell you: WOW! This recipe is so good, I’ve titled the end product gourmet. What really makes it gourmet, though, is the sauce. That sauce is seriously heavenly. I can’t explain to you how flavorful and fragrant it is. Seems to me it’ll be quite versatile as a spread or dressing. I am, for lack of a better word, stoked.
Lentil Pulp Patties
- 1/2 cup cooked bulgur wheat
- 1/2 cup cooked lentils
- 1-1 1/2 cups veg pulp, the veggier the better — I used the veg half of Love from Gaia
- 2-3 tbsp bread crumbs
- 1 tbsp nut butter
- 1/2 finely diced onion
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Red pepper flakes to taste
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Sprig of rosemary
- 1 handful of parsley leaves
- Blend all ingredients in a food processor until they create a uniform consistency. Adjust seasonings to taste.
- Put in a bowl and refrigerate for 1 + hours.
- Divide into patties. Fry in cooking spray or oil until brown on each side. I preferred the patties ultra-thin.
Creamy Red Pepper Sauce
- 3-4 tbsp jarred roasted red peppers
- 1 slice white bread
- 1 large garlic clove
- ~ 1/3 cup olive oil
- Juice of half a lemon
- Soak the bread in water, then wring it out.
- Blend soaked bread, drained peppers, and garlic in a food processor.
- With the motor running, gradually add the oil, pouring it through the reed tube. Blend until it becomes a thick, creamy consistency.
- Stir in lemon juice.
- Chill until ready to serve
Thank you, Poppy, for the delicious recipe!! I ate two thin patties on a soft roll with avocado, cream cheese, the red pepper sauce and spinach. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes! Please keep up the good work! I had to guess a bit on the conversions of grams to tablespoons and cups, but everything turned out delicious. For the meat eaters, if you really can’t imagine eating a burger without meat, go ahead and add ground beef to the patty mix once it’s out of the food processor. It’ll work great and you’ll be eating a healthy, gourmet burger.