Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sloppy Lentils

Good old sloppy joes with a lentil twist.  (This recipe makes 8 sandwiches.)

1.  Cook 1 1/4 cup lentils in 4 cups vegetable broth.

2.  In a separate pan saute in some olive oil:
  • 1 grated onion (grated onions are much juicier than chopped, so cook until all the excess water has evaporated away leaving the pan dry)
then add:
  • 2 stalks celery small dice
  • 1 red pepper small dice
  • 3 cloves garlic minced

When veggies are crisp tender add the spice mix, stir to coat and toast spices for a minute or so.

Spice mix:
  • 1/2  tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dry ground mustard
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • dash of ground all spice
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg

3.  Mix it up!
Add to fully cooked lentils:
  • spiced-cooked veggies
  • A 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • Tbl brown sugar
  • Tbl cider vinegar
  • 5 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

Bring to a boil and let simmer 10 minutes to combine flavors.

4.  Lightly toast some buns and using a slotted spoon to drain the mix a bit, pile the lentils atop.  We used Wegmans seeded Kaiser rolls.

5.  Enjoy (with a napkin ready).  I enjoyed my sloppy lentil sandwich with a side of macaroni salad.

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