Italian Vegetarian Patties

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This is my original recipe. My teenage vegetarian daughter devours these patties as snacks or when made into a sandwich topped with sauce and provolone cheese. We also use them for chicken Parmesana, or form them into meatballs. They freeze well, too.

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
32 patties

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • ¾ cup uncooked brown rice

  • 1 ½ cups red lentils

  • 6 cups water

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 ½ cups dry bread crumbs

  • 1 ½ cups grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 teaspoons dried basil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan. Stir in the brown rice, and cook until golden brown. Add the lentils, water, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed, about 40 minutes. Add additional water if needed; mixture should be very thick. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

  2. Place the cooked rice mixture in a food processor along with the eggs, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, basil, and garlic powder. Process until well combined, and the texture of ground meat. Form into 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick patties, using about 3 tablespoons mixture for each.

  3. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet. In batches, fry patties until browned, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels; cool. Fry remaining patties in the same manner. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator or freezer.

Cook's Note:

If necessary, add additional bread crumbs or Parmesan cheese to thicken or for flavor.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

242 Calories
8g Fat
30g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 242
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 396mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 254mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.