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Lotus Root Millfeuille with Garlic and Anchovy

Lotus Root Millfeuille with Garlic and Anchovy

These are meat patties sandwiched with sliced lotus root. I seasoned them with garlic and anchovy. This is a handy dish for our dinner parties.

Ingredients: Makes 3

Lotus root (sliced about 7-mm thick)
a section 6-7-cm in diameter and 4-5-cm long
Extra virgin olive oil
30 ml (I used a 20-cm diameter grilling pan)
Burger patties..."A"
28-30 g x the numer you want to make ( I made three, so used 90 g. Adjust the amount according to the diameter of lotus root)
Garlic (peeled and crushed with the back of a knife)
1-2 cloves
Anchovy fillets or soy sauce
1-2 anchovies or a few drops of soy sauce
Red chilli (sliced)
as needed
Plain flour
as needed
Sea salt
to taste
Black pepper
to taste

Steps

1. Soak the lotus root slices vinegar thinly diluted in water to remove the bitterness.
2. After soaking, rinse and thoroughly pat dry with a paper towel.
3. Sprinkle flour on one side using a tea strainer.
4. Shape 28-30 g of the burger patty mix into a ball and place on top the slices of lotus root from Step 3.
5. Place another slice of lotus root from Step 3 on top of the burger from Step 4 with the floured side down.
6. Place the lotus root sandwich from Step 5 on the palm of your non-dominant hand and press down on the upper lotus root slice with your dominant hand to compress the sandwich neatly.
7. While pressing, hold the lotus root sandwich carefully with your non-dominant hand so as not to force out the patty from between the lotus root slices. Carefully press the lotus root sandwich evenly to fill the holes of the lotus root with the meat patty.
8. Use an oven-proof skillet or thick-bottomed pot to fry them. Pour in the olive oil and add the garlic to the pan and place over a low heat.
9. When the bottom sides of the garlic are golden brown and fragrant, turn them over. Remove when both sides are golden brown.
10. Add the lotus root sandwiches from Step 7 and red chiili to the skillet from Step 9 and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Heat over low-medium.
11. After the bottom sides of the lotus root sandwiches from Step 10 are golden brown, flip over. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and brown both sides nicely.
12. Put the cooked lotus root sandwiches from Step 11 into an oven preheated to 250 ˚C and cook for 6 minutes. * The cooking time may differ according to your oven.
13. While baking the lotus root sandwiches, roughly chop the anchovies.
14. After 6 minutes remove the lotus root sandwiches from Step 12 from the oven and sprinkle with the anchovies from Step 13.
15. Because they are very hot the anchovy should instantly release a nice smell. If you're using soy sauce instead, sprinkle on a few drops at this point.
16. Sprinkle with dried basil, parsley, or other herb of your choice (optional). They are done.
17. Drizzle with anchovy and garlic oil before serving.
18. I love these crispy lotus roots and burger patties...the anchovy and garlic flavour is irresistible. Give them a try.
19. [Additional note] If you are a garlic lover, roughly chop the garlic used in Step 9 and serve it on the side.
20. (Recipe ID: 905193) is my burger patty recipe. Otherwise, use your favorite burger patty mix or a store-bought one.

Story Behind this Recipe

I always make a big batch of burger patty mix and often use it as stuffing for various dishes.
I love the combination of garlic and anchovy flavours and since they are popular, I posted this recipe.