“Party days” are one of the highlights of getting to teach history at our weekly classical academy. The children dress up in period costumes (aka Daddy’s t-shirts, sheets, and ribbons) and learn about the culture of long-distant civilizations. Last week we studied the ancient Greeks.
While I scoured the internet trying to find simple, authentic-ish finger food recipes, I had an idea. I was afraid most of the students probably wouldn’t like them, but since others brought dates, fruit drizzled with honey, and pita bread with olive oil, I wasn’t too worried about pleasing everyone.
Living by the Mediterranean, fish was a staple for ancient Greeks. Often it was mixed with cheese in recipes. Lentils were also a staple. So, how about melding all three staples into tuna lentil patties?
Much to my surprise, almost all the students liked the patties. The fact that we had a mock Olympics earlier that morning might have helped, but I was still pleasantly surprised. Rose liked them so much she asked if we could have them again that night for dinner.
These Greek-inspired tuna lentil patties are super simple, packed with protein, and frugal to boot! Not only did we have them for dinner that night, they are getting added to our revolving monthly menu for a simple weeknight meal.
Greek Tuna Lentil Patties Recipe
Inspired by the ancient Greeks and Kristen’s delicious salmon rice cakes
- 2-3 cups cooked lentils
- 2 cans of tuna, drained (Canned salmon is also delicious in this recipe, though not found in the Mediterranean. I was surprised to find that a type of tuna is.)
- 1 onion, finely diced (optional)
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
- 2 eggs
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Garlic powder, optional
- Butter (or olive oil) for frying
- Parsley, optional
You can fry these in a pan on the stove, but after Joshua finally convinced me we ought to get an electric skillet, I have used it multiple times every week. This is the one we got and I love how portable it is!
Sizzling away in butter. Yummy!
- Cook the lentils in water according to the instructions on the bag. Sprinkle liberally with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Combine lentils with the rest of the ingredients except butter and parsley.
- Heat frying pan to medium
- Lather butter in the pan
- Scoop the batter and drop onto the melted butter
- Fry the first side until it is golden brown and the egg is mostly set.
- Flip and finish frying.
- Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and parsley, if desired.
Serve hot with salad, sweet potato fries, or pita bread dipped in olive oil.
If you want to be really authentic, don’t serve tomatoes. They were introduced to Greek cuisine from “The New World” only a few centuries ago. They sure pair well though!
Greek-inspired tuna lentil patties
I never would have guessed that a concoction put together solely for an ancient Greek party would end up a welcome addition to our menu. Not only are these tuna lentil patties a little taste of ancient Greece, they are healthy, filling, and delicious.
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