Thursday, 27 March 2014

Lentil Poppers

 Well although it may not look like it,
Spring is finally here!
With this season of renewal comes the outdoor BBQ and all the festivities that come with it.
 It embodies the fresh colours of spring and it's so appealing to serve these individual tasty morsels full of flavour and colour.
This recipe is a great make ahead appy' that you can serve 
warm or cold!
With no fuss, using many of the ingredients you probably have 
in your pantry. 

Kids will 'POP' these without question and you'll know you are giving your family and friends something nutritious using, 
high in fiber, minerals and protein using
Canadian Lentils
Double this and you can freeze them for another
Lentil Popppers

100g canned green lentils, rinsed, drained
1/2 cup cooked seasoned arborio rice
(this has more starch, so it will stick together better for forming balls)
1/2 cup mixed frozen vegetables (peas, corn, carrots)
1/4 cup tzatziki dip
1/3 lb. ground pork or sausage
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs + 2 cups for coating
4 tbsp.  grated Parmesan cheese, divided
2 tbsp. minced flat leaf parsley
1 tsp each salt & ground black pepper
1" vegetable oil for frying; your choice
227g pkg. Tomato Bruschetta for garnish
36 skewers
In a small bowl blend 2 tbsp. Parmesan with 2 cup panko crumbs. Set aside.
In a large bowl combine lentils, rice, vegetables, sauce, meat, crumbs, parsley and 2 tbsp. Parmesan.
Allow to sit for 15 min to absorb flavours.
Shape filling into 1 1/2" balls using a teaspoon or small ice cream scoop. Drop into crumb mixture and roll to adhere coating. Roll mixture using 2 hands to form balls, pressing crumbs to firm. Continue until all are formed.
In a heavy bottomed pot bring 1" of oil to 350F.
*or drop one crumb into oil, if it immediately sizzles and rises, it is preheated*
Place balls into oil do not pack tightly or it will lower the oil temperature.
Fry until golden and crispy. Drain on paper towel.
Pierce each pop from the top to enable easy pick up.
Serve with Bruschetta in individual serving spoons for each

Enjoy with Love
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