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SMOKY LENTIL MEATBALL SLIDERS WITH SWEET POTATO BUNS

December 10, 2018 by Renee Tavoularis

SMOKY LENTIL MEATBALL SLIDERS WITH SWEET POTATO BUNS

Rather than use a store-bought gluten-free slider buns these perfect party bites use sweet potatoes to hold the spiced lentil meatball and smoky tomato sauce together. This appetizer also combines plant-based protein from the lentils plus healthy carbohydrates from the sweet potatoes which will keep you feeling satisfied.

MAKES 24 SLIDERS
45 MINUTES
VEGAN
GLUTEN-FREE

Ingredients

3-4 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 48 ¼” thick slices and toasted

For the LENTIL MEATBALLS:

2 cups cooked green lentils
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup diced yellow onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
2 tablespoons warm water
3 tablespoons almond flour

For the SAUCE:

3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1.5 teaspoons smoked paprika
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon sea salt 

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F and lightly grease a baking tray with oil. In a small bowl, whisk together the ground flax seed and warm water. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and cook for one more minute.
  • Place the onion and garlic mixture in a food processor along with 1 ½ cups of the cooked lentils, tomato paste, cumin, paprika, sea salt and black pepper. Pulse for 30 seconds until everything is incorporated.
  • Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl. Add the parsley, ground flax seed and water mixture, almond flour and remaining lentils. Mix well until combined.
  • Shape into 24 meatballs and place on the baking tray. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, flipping once about halfway through.
  • While the meatballs are cooking, prepare the sauce by whisking all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • To serve, place the sauce on half of the sweet potato slices. Top with each slice with a meatball before placing remaining sweet potato slices on top.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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