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Lentil Meatballs with Thermomix

Lentil Meatballs with Thermomix

Lentil Meatballs with Thermomix are very easy to make, yet they can give a gourmet twist to your dinner party! Serve them as main with a side of steamed veggies, as a side dish to dip in gravy, or as finger-food at a party, and be sure to impress everyone with something unique, healthy and really nice.

Did you know in Italy lentils are the traditional good-luck meal for new year's eve? Well, as you can imagine, we don't just sit down to eat a boring bowl of lentils before going to the party, but we get together with friends and families to organise a huge feast, or "cenone" (big dinner) to keep us busy until midnight. The courses can vary in number, size and menu, but an authentic Italian new year's eve cenone always features lentils, generally served with pork. According to old popular beliefs, lentils are supposed to bring richness and health and are traditionally served on the last night of the year as a way to wish good luck for the new year that's about to start.

Why am I telling you this story? Because every year on the first of January I wake up to a whole lot of left-over lentils, and I have to figure out what to do with them!

If you're fond of lentils you certainly know the delicious lentil soup recipe, too.


Ingredients

- 50 gr Lentils
- 50 gr minced beef
- 50 gr Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Carrot
- 1 Spoon Thermomix Stock Cube
- 1 Egg
- Salt to taste
- 10 gr Bread-crumbs (+ as much as needed to deep-fry)


How to prepare the Lentil Meatballs

Soak lentils before cooking if needed (the packet will say for how long, depends on what you buy).

Grind the carrot. 5 Sec. Speed 7.

Add the oil. 3 Min. 100°C Speed 1.

Drain lentils and put them in the bowl with the Thermomix stock cube. 15 Min. 100°C Speed Gentle Stir.

Add meat and keep cooking for 5 Min. 100ºC Speed Gentle Stir.

The mixture must come out very dry.

Blend. 5 Sec. Speed 7.

Add the egg and the bread-crumbs. 10 Sec. Speed 4.

Mix well with your hands and shape into small balls.

Roll them into bread-crumbs and deep-fry for 2 to 3 Min..



My Advice

I gave them a flatten shape to create something like lentil falafels.


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