Lentils like baked beans

Lentils like baked beans

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Servings: 4-6

“…Red lentils sub for navy beans in this recipe adapted from “The Art of Living According to Joe Beef,” by Frederic Morin, David McMillan and Meredith Erickson. The result? Baked bean flavor with a smoother texture than the classic dish…”

4 slices bacon, finely diced
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 cups red lentils, picked over, rinsed
4 cups water
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons each: maple syrup, vegetable oil
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 tablespoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Fry bacon in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crisp. Add onion; cook, stirring, until softened, 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Add lentils, water, ketchup, syrup, oil, vinegar, mustard, pepper and bay leaf. Stir well; season with the salt. Heat to a boil. Cover. Place in oven. Bake until lentils are tender, about 35 minutes. (For softer lentils, cook 10 minutes longer.) Taste; correct seasoning with salt, pepper, syrup and vinegar.

Source: Fox 13 TV Salt Lake City UT website