Walnut lentil burgers with cauliflower puree and red onion relish

This meal reminds me of those traditional Sunday dinners growing up in northern Sweden. It wasn’t vegan back then, but these lentil burgers in combination with the sweetness in the red onion relish and the cauliflower puree still give me exactly the same comforting and homey feeling i recognize so well from childhood. In Sweden we’d eat lingonberry jam with our burger patties, which is difficult to find here… This one is a must try! Comfort food yet still fitting my January plan (which is cooking with no oil).
Walnut lentil burgers with cauliflower puree and red onion relish
 
Ingredients
  • THE BURGERS
  • ¾ cups dried green lentils - boiled with 2 tbsp. vegetable stock (otherwise soak and boil according to package instructions).
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tbsp. dried oregano
  • ⅔ cup walnuts
  • 3 dates, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup water
  • ⅓ cup soy flour
  • THE RED ONION RELISH
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup raisins, finely chopped
  • 2 dates, finely chopped
  • 3 sage leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup water
  • THE CAULIFLOWER/BROCCOLI PURE
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, divided into small florets
  • 1 small head of broccoli, divided into small florets
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. almond or soymilk
Instructions
  1. Soak and boil the lentils with the vegetable stock (follow package instructions).
  2. Bring the oven to 160 degrees.
  3. Bring a pan to medium heat and add the garlic, the red onion, the oregano, the thyme, the walnuts, the dates, the salt and the water. Let it boil for three to four minutes, until the onions start to soften.
  4. Take the pan off the stove, add the soy flour and the boiled lentils and mix it all together using a hand blender. The consistency should be firm, but not too dry. Adjust with more water or more flour if needed.
  5. Place a cooking paper onto a baking tray. Shape burgers out of the lentil/walnut mix and place on the paper. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Now make the relish. Place the chopped onion, raisins, dates, sage leaves, salt and the water into a pot and bring to boil on low heat. Leave boiling until time to serve. Stir occasionally and add more water if needed.
  7. In the meantime, boil the broccoli and the cauliflower together with the vegetable stock for about three minutes. Then remove all water, add the salt and the milk and blend into a pure.
  8. Get the patties from the oven, the relish from the stove and serve.
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