Roasted Mushrooms with Braised Lentils

This lentil recipe was hijacked from food tv and has been tweaked to eliminate meat (I’m sure the original version prepared with bacon is delicious). This was a tasty, winter inspired meal, but  rather monochromatic. Next time I make it I might try to accompany it with a vegetable of some sort.

Roasting Mushrooms:
Toss mushrooms in a shallow baking pan with olive oil, thyme, garlic and salt and pepper. Roast in a 450 degree F oven until brown, around 15 minutes.

Pre-Cooking Lentils:
1 cup dried lentils, rinsed and drained
1/2 small onion
1 stalk celery
1 carrot
2 bay leaves
sprigs of thyme

Braising Lentils:
olive oil
1 finely diced carrot
1/2 finely diced onion
1 clove garlic, finely minced
maple syrup
veggie stock
butter
cream
chopped parsley
thyme

Pre-Cooking Lentils
Combine lentils, onion, celery, carrot, and bay leaves in a medium saucepot. Cover with cold water to measure 1 inch above level of lentils. Simmer, uncovered until lentils are cooked and liquid has mostly evaporated, about 20-25min. Season with salt and pepper.

Braising Lentils
Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add carrots, onion, thyme and garlic and sweat for a few minutes. Add some of the stock and lentils; bring to simmer and reduce until liquid reaches a light sauce consistency. Add more stock as required. To finish, gently stir in butter, cream, maple syrup and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

6 Comments

  1. Colin says:

    Are you sure that isn’t bacon on there? It looks like bacon.

  2. nicole says:

    David and I are going to cook this–I will let you know how it goes!

  3. Troy says:

    Awesome! My feelings will not be hurt should you decide to substitute chicken stock and add bacon to the carrots, onion, thyme and garlic. I used the maple syrup to add bacon-y nuance. Feel free to cut that as well!

  4. Colin says:

    Looks to me like you just used bacon. Quit lying.

  5. Todd says:

    I agree, very baconesque

  6. nicole says:

    We had this for dinner tonight! It was really delicious and rustic. Yum. I’m not going to lie–we gave into the bacon temptation!

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