Monday, November 29, 2010

Coconut Curried Lentil & Sweet Potato Sliders

Remember to get in our Quickies Noodle Challenge.  Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to create a fun, sexy, inventive noodle dish.  The deadline for entry is midnight December 14, 2010.

The grand prize is a fantastic cookbook Quickies: Morning, Noon, and Night written by my good friend the super talented Denise Fletcher.

This year for Thanksgiving I had to get my vegetarian thinking cap on as this was the first veggie Thanksgiving for The Lawyer.  I decided to go out of the box and make a lentil and sweet potato course.  Which you can see pictured below in the top dish.

The final product was a coconut curried lentil and sweet potato potage.  My guests were very enthusiastic about the course. 

So when Saturday rolled around I wanted to get creative with my leftovers.  Gotta play in the kitchen!  I thought I'd take a chance and make the lentil and sweet potato potage into a veggie burger.

The method was down to finding the correct ratio of potage and binding agents.  It ended up being for every 1 cup of potage, I added 4 tbs herbed breadcrumbs and 4 tbs of corn meal.  Pulse together in the food processor and allow to come together for 1 hour in the fridge.

My wife found the burger to be satisfying and flavorful.  She even thought it had a meaty mouth feel.  I was a very happy cook.  Just another example of how being a free spirit in the kitchen, and not being afraid to fail, allows for the most gratifying results.

By the way, if you do not like potatoes, this is not the post for you.  Potato is prevalent throughout this slider.

The components of the sliders.  Coconut curried lentil and sweet potato potage, corn meal, fresh breadcrumbs with thyme and marjoram.


Coconut Curried Lentil and Sweet Potato Slider Patty


Toasted Potato Roll Bun, Yukon Gold & Onion Hash


Coconut Curried Lentil & Sweet Potato Slider, Melted Sharp Provolone

Add Your Favorite Condiments

Coconut Curried Lentil & Sweet Potato Slider


That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!


  1. It's winking at me! What a fun idea. I've never made a veggie burger, but I've seen people make them with lentils, and as someone who truly loves lentils I'm definitely intrigued :) Glad your wife liked the sliders!

  2. This looks absolutely fabulous! I love me some sliders. I really love the lentil burger, but the potato-onion hash is certainly intriguing!! You're right, being gutsy in the kitchen is a bit of rush, and when your experiment turns out well, it's even more satisfying! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. That is a great looking veggie burger. Dr Lostpast's daughter is a vegetarian and I am always looking for good things to feed her. I was a little gun shy after a veggie burger recipe turned out dry and unpleasant... you I trust so will give this a go... and I have 1 sweet potato left that got left behind at Thanksgiving... thanks for the recipe, Lazaro!

  4. Go veggie Thanksgiving! :) Both meals look delicious... I love that you got creative with your leftovers. Those burgers are definitely drool worthy! I especially love the condiment smiley face... a perfect addition to the burger. Great job, as always :)

  5. I love leftovers! What a yummy creation! Are you going to post the potage so we can make these? My kids would gobble these turkey pun intended...

  6. This could easily turn me into a vegetarian--almost! And, as for sliders, I had my very first visit to White Castle this summer. Uh, I wasn't as impressed with their sliders as I think I will be with yours!


  7. Hey Lazaro,

    I'm a big fan of coconut curry and sweet potatoes, but have never tried them together - genius! Leftovers never looked so good, a very creative dish indeed! As you probably already know, I'm not a huge meat fan so this vegetarian deliciousness is a real winner for me. I just wished I was as fearless in the kitchen to create such amazing dishes as you.

  8. You are very talented Lazaro! I love this slider, fits my vegetarian eating- I will be making this soon!

  9. Can I have that smiley face on the burger, please? This looks scrumptious and love the cheese sauce! The patty is ingenious Laz.

  10. awesome slider your such a genius for coming up with fantastic idea's like this one!

  11. Who would think of putting this on a slider? YOu! Brilliant. I love coconut and just a hint of Indian curries... well, I guess I know better than to say that these days, as that is kind of meaningless anymore as it would depend on what kind of curry spice blends... But, I do not like anything too hot or with too much of one spice. Gently, gently would be me. Unless it is chocolate. :)
    This looks very tasty and the photos are too perfect!
    (Did you get my personal e-mail to you?)

  12. Great slider and it just gave me a smile :) Thanks Lazaro for sharing this Sweet Potato Slider :)
    Have a nice day !

  13. For me, the more potatoes the better! This is definitely the kind of veggie burger that I would like to try. Love the addition of coconut. Oh, and that hash is awesome. Your potage sounds like a great vegetarian course for Thanksgiving. Very smart! You always have such great flavors going on.

  14. this one tempting me to have it now itself... each and every steps great...

  15. You know this is my real idea of a perfect meal...
    I love, love & love it when you play with your food :)

  16. Oh my! That is funny LOL Love the mustard and ketchup smiley :D

    The texture of the toasted bun is gorgeous and a true blue potato lover here, so this is right up my alley.

    Kudos on so many levels - first, you used up leftovers, second you transformed them into something beautiful, third, true satisfaction without meat! Fantastic!!

  17. Yum! I love anything sweet potato. Curry goes perfectly with them.

  18. I am seriously impressed. I love how you turned a fantastic soup into a veggie incredibly inspired! And I love how all the components and flavors work together so well in these gorgeous sliders. (Seriously, even the potato buns themselves look fantastic!) The smiley is too cute! I do that too, but I usually make the face out of ketchup and do mustard hair on the inside of the top bun, lol!

  19. Lazaro, I'm so behind, I'm still at your Dukkah crusted chicken post! Sheesh! I love when dishes do double duty and one can create something new from a dish prepared before. A sign of culinary creativity, fo sho! Hope the Lawyer loved it!

  20. Ooo I love this! I would actually have much rather had these at Thanksgiving than turkey. But I'm also weird. Very weird.

  21. What a fun idea. I am not a vegetarian (although I did try to be for a spell) but I still like the meatless dishes once in a while. I love sweet potato. My husband hates it. It's a real bummer. If he ever goes out of town (which NEVER happens) I intend to make use of the time by cooking all the things he wouldn't like. This would be right up there on my to do list! :)

  22. Perfection on a plate. The boys would love that! Thanks for the great idea.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

  23. These are marvelously clever, Lazaro. :-) You're a lovely man to get creative in the kitchen to make eating a pleasure for your wife. :-)

  24. Honestly, I havent tried veggie burger. I love the idea of substituting lentil for meat. I love the combination and yummy redundancy of potato buns with sweet potatoes, the onion hash, and more yukons. I noticed that you love using yukons in most of your recipes. I love potato buns. Too bad for me the small stall where I used to buy my potato buns were closed due to the mall renovation. Provolone and coconut milk sounds interesting to me. There's a burger joint up in south that specializes Mushroom Burger, and they say it was the best. I should give veggie burger a try.


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