A lot of people ask what Liz, a non meat-eater, will have for her Christmas lunch. We have played with a lot of recipes over the years but have pretty much settled down on lentil and chestnut burgers, a concoction so delicious I have to make extra for the non-veggies. The precise balance of the ingredients is up to you but you need:
Cooked green lentils
The same weight of cooked, peeled and mashed chestnuts
Sage leaves (ripped)
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix the stuff in a bowl until it combines. Too dry? Add egg or milk. Too wet? Add breadcrumbs.
Make into individual patties and shallow fry in good oil for about five minutes a side. Add a very light splash of sesame oil to the oil you use for a nutty edge. Can be made in advance and frozen or chilled, then warmed in oven or microwave. Great cold with salad and pickles. Great hot with Christmas veg. Great as an alternative stuffing. In fact great all round.
By the way the spell-checkers suggestion to replace breadcrumbs? Bridegroom.