Saint Patrick-LENTIL Mushroom Pattie Parsley Sour cream

Honouring both Saint Patty as well as the food LEGUME trend of 2016.
The micronutrient lentil is incredibly fiber rich and cherished as a strong protein. 
Its companion, the mushroom mixed in the party as well.

Served on a bed of sour cream blended with a generous amount of Parsley oil sauce.

The frugal food enthusiast that lives at the depth of my existence entices me to be a flexible cook. 
Using inexpensive food sources such as lentils brings on a challenge when demanding delicious. 

Brunch idea:
Place a toasted slice of bread.  Add some roasted peppers on top and half a cubed avocado.  
Drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle some sea salt and granulated garlic powder.  
Add a generous dollop of sour cream.  Finish with a meatball pattie on top.  
Garnish with a triangle of No-Flour Egg flat bread or other decor of choice.

I have been making a few legume {pulse} recipes lately with a few hit and misses.
This one had to be shared because it was just too good not to ;o)

The other notable is closer to home.
Canada happens to be a world leader in growing 'pulses'...eating local is certainly a bonus.

Here, in Montreal everyone can become Irish for a day...
especially this coming March 20th as the parade starts off the festivities.

This year's Montreal’s St. Patrick’s Parade marks the envied 193rd edition.
We are so proud to have the title of the longest running N. American St. Patty’s parade.
Parade starts at 12 p.m. on Sunday March 20th, 2016 and generally runs about three hours.
It starts at the corner of Fort and heading east along Ste-Catherine and wrapping up at Philips Square.

 Served on a bed of mashed potatoes with a drizzle of Parsley oil sauce.

Having already put together a mushroom, fennel mix, it happily surrendered to the lentil.
The parsley sauce had also had its chance the day before...sour cream waiting by its side.
A strong blender, some smooth tasting oil and a fresh bouquet of parsley whirled into bliss.
The sauce came together in minutes, waiting for the next garnish worthy dish.
An incredibly easily made Parsley oil sauce came to highlight the dish through a symbolic touch.

baked LENTIL and MUSHROOM mix Meatball Patties
onto Parsley sauce Sour Cream

Yields 14 meatball patties


Part-1: prepare ahead:  
A cooked cup of mushroom mix...with a sautéed small, sliced onion, garlic...also a half fennel sliced.  Add about 15 cremini sliced mushrooms and a splash of Sherry.  Cook about a total 20 minutes.

Part-2: ...also, prepare ahead
. 2 cups cooked Lentils, packed (~1 cup uncooked)
. 1 cup Cottage or Ricotta cheese
. 1/4 cup roasted Almonds
. big handful fresh Italian Parsley, packed
. 1 xlarge egg
. 1 tsp. Tomato paste
. 1 tsp. Balsamic vinegar
. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
. 1/2 tsp. granulated garlic powder
. 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon spice
. 1/2 tsp. each dried herbs: basil, marjoram

. 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated loose pack
. 1-1/2 cups dry breadcrumbs

1. Once the mushroom mix is done, remove it from the heat and let it cool.
2. Place all the ingredients from PART-2 into a food processor.  Add the cooled mushroom mix as well.  Pulse until a lightly smooth, but somewhat coarse texture is achieved. Scrape out the mix into a large bowl. 
3. Add the ingredients from PART-3 and fully combine.  Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour up to overnight.
4. Pre-heat oven to 375F/190C/Gas5 and position rack on the 2nd level from the bottom.  Also, prepare a large baking sheet, lined with parchment paper.
5. Once the mixture has taken a denser texture, take an ice-cream scoop to help measure and extract each portion.  Remember to pack it in the scoop and pat down before extracting.  Place the lentil balls onto the prepared baking sheet.
6.BAKE the lentil balls for 20 minutes .  Afterwards, temporarily remove the baking pan from the oven to gently flip them over for the rest of the baking process. Continue for another 20 minutes until crispy on the outside, while soft on the inside. 
. Serve the meatball patties with either warmed tomato sauce or with mashed potatoes or and other vegetable of choice.

Now, you can also thank the influences of Saint Patrick to safeguard your health.
Put a smile on your face as you have yourself a party in your mouth. 
Enjoy the festivities and flavourful wishes,

Comments ... ??? ... or suggestions ... write me :o)
Claudia at:  foodessa [at] gmail [dot] com

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Please take note on how I bake and cook...
Here’s a 101 of sorts to make sure that there are no disappointments when trying my creations.  
Also...just so you know...feel free to increase the salt and sweet factor since I'm not high on either of them ;o)

. Use DRY cup measurements for...you guessed it...all DRY ingredients.
Anything DRY gets measured by spooning the overfilled ingredient (never shake the cup) and then level off with a flat edged tool.  Exception...Brown sugar should be packed in and leveled.
. Use LIQUID cup measurements for...all LIQUIDS that cannot be leveled like for example butter, yogurt...etc.  Measure the liquids at eye level to avoid overdoing what the recipe truly needs.
OVENS are unfortunately not created equal.  Mine is so old that it has reached many degrees off it's norm.  It's really worth investing a few dollars to test yours with an appropriate oven thermometer.  You'd be surprised how many ovens I've heard about not being where they should have been.  Before you lose any more ingredients and much time preparing a new recipe...run to the store...you'll thank me later.