Lentil lovers hot pot!

Further to my confession about the lentil stock pile I have in the kitchen, https://wordpress.com/post/frugalveggie.uk/136 there was no question that when writing the L post for the Blogging from A to Z challenge, Lentils were always going to be the feature of today’s post.

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I am a lentil lover, from dhals to dansak, soups, stews, bakes and roasts, lentils can be used for so many delicious dishes. Only this morning I was chatting food with a colleague who was heading home to cook for his wife but unsure what to make… he left with a link to a lentil shepherds pie recipe in his inbox.

So to today’s recipe …
I use dried lentils that I cook according to the instructions on the packet, these could be substituted for tinned lentils. If you don’t have more than one type of lentil don’t panic, one thing I have learned about my cooking style is that I mostly freestyle, if you haven’t got one of the ingredients something else will probably do.
Lentil lovers hot pot (makes 4 individual servings)
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Ingredients

40 grams green lentils
40 grams brown lentils
40 grams red lentils
(cooked according to instructions on the packaging and drained)
8-10 New Potatoes (depending on size)
1 Onion – diced
1 large Carrot- diced
2 Celery sticks – diced
8 Mushrooms – diced
2 large cloves of Garlic – crushed
splash of olive oil
1 tbs tomato puree
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp yeast extract
1 vegetable stock cube dissolved in 250 mls of boiling water.
salt and pepper to taste
75 grams mature cheddar cheese
Method

  • Par boil the new potatoes- drain and allow to cool
  • Warm the splash of olive oil in a deep heavy frying pan, gently cook the onion, carrot, celery until the onion begins to become translucent.
  • Add the mushrooms and garlic to the pan along with the thyme and parsley, continue to fry gently for 3-5 minutes keeping the heat under the pan low
  • Turn the temperature up under the pan add the tomato puree, stock and cooked lentils, bring to the boil then simmer for 5 minutes.
  • While the lentil mixture is simmering slice the par boiled potatoes thinly.
    I choose to serve this in individual portion dishes but you could easily just make it in one big serving dish.
  • Spoon the lentil mixture into the oven proof dishes and top with the sliced potato sprinkle grated cheddar over the top.
  • Place the hotpot into a pre heated oven (gas mark 6) for 15-20
    Our dinner was served with a mixture of green veggies.

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5 thoughts on “Lentil lovers hot pot!

    1. I often treat lentils as a substitute for mince beef in recipes. The earthy flavor and textures of them, particularly the green ones pairs well with many root vegetables as well as potatoes. If you try the recipe do let me know how you get on

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