Spinach & Sage Fritters with Creamed Lentils

Created by Arthur Potts Dawson just for us – crispy, herby fritters perched on a bed of creamy, aromatic lentils. Who needs meat?

  • 1 hr 30 mins
  • Serves 6
  • 2 pan
  • Vegetarian
  • Beginner

Ingredients

For the creamed lentils:

500g brown lentils

2 carrots, finely diced

3 celery sticks, finely diced

1 onion, finely diced

30g garlic

4 bay leaves

3 sprigs of thyme

1ltr vegetable stock

1ltr water (to top up lentils if needed)

300ml Double Cream

100ml tomato puree

Juice ½ lemon (20ml)

300ml white wine

2 tbsp olive oil

 

For the fritters:

200g spinach leaves, chopped

20g fresh sage leaves, finely chopped

200g flour

300ml Semi-Skimmed Milk

1 tbsp baking powder

Method

For the creamed lentils:

  1. Chop the garlic and finely dice the onion, celery and carrot (the vegetables should be the same size as the lentils).
  2. Gently heat in a large saucepan 50ml olive oil and sweat the vegetables for 5 minutes, add the bay leaves and thyme.
  3. Next add the washed lentils and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring almost constantly, then add the white wine.
  4. Stir and cook for 4 minutes, add the tomato puree and vegetable stock.
  5. Turn down the heat until just simmering and cook until most of the stock has been absorbed.
  6. At this point add the water and allow to simmer until the lentils are cooked. If the water evaporates to a level below the lentils top it up until the water just covers them again.
  7. When the lentils are soft to the bite add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  8. While still hot add the cream.

For the fritters:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients into a soft dough.
  2. Fry spoonfuls of the dough in hot oil to form fritters and remove from oil once lightly browned.
  3. Sprinkle with salt to taste.
  4. Serve the fritters on top of the lentils with a wedge of lemon and some rocket leaves.

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