Ari's Spicy Lentil Patties

Submitted by Courtney

* 1 cup dry green lentils,
* 1 large raw potato, grated very fine,
* 1 onion minced fine,
* 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
* 1/4 cup mild salsa OR 1/4 cup canned, chopped tomatoes and 1 fresh jalapeno, minced.
* 1/4 cup Homemade bread crumbs.
* Salt to taste (optional)

Cook lentils for 1/2 hour in about 2 cups of water.  While the lentils are cooking, mix all other ingredients except bread crumbs in a medium-sized mixing bowl.

Drain lentils quickly, and add to the rest of the ingredients.  Add homemade bread crumbs, and let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes.  It should NOT be really thick.  It should be very moist.  Don't worry about the patties falling apart, as the starch from the raw potato will bind the burger together as it cooks.

Form into patties and either bake on cookie sheet or fry in a non stick pan until done.

The patties usually turn out moist enough that you don't need gravy or sauce of any kind, but if you like, a bit of tomato sauce or salsa is nice.

Leftovers can either be frozen for a couple of weeks, or use them the next day for a sandwich filling.  (The flavor is absorbed much more the second day and is yummy).

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