Lentils Like Baked Beans-Veggie (on the stovetop)
adapted from this
There I was at a potluck held by my Scottish Country Dance society in the suburbs of Philadelphia and contemplating my vegetarian options.
They were shockingly few though they included deviled eggs. Oh! Beans-those should be okay (they won't be like mom's but maybe they'll be okay, said my Cuban side).
One spoonful and I was amazed. I was converted. I was
-did she say franks and beans?-deeply sad.
You see, I'd heard of baked beans but never in my life had them. In my life, beans went into the pressure cooker and cooked with sofrito and served over rice. Don't be silly.
It actually took longer for me to try refried beans than baked beans.
But let's walk away from that tangents and get back to these baked beans-delicious things they were, I was a zealous vegetarian at the time and so I resigned myself against them. And as an independent adult, I cook my beans in bulk and rarely because my advance planning is awful.
(usual scenario: think at work to set beans to soak. never do it. end up eating anything safe to consume without cooking as a dinner the day after.)
But then I saw this recipe- lentils like baked beans. Lentils just take 20 minutes! I have them in my cupboard! I own nothing that would be able to do this both on the stove and the oven but my experience had been with a crockpot method of cooking-stovetop it is! (Nothing was going to stop me, you see.)
So you folks who grew up with baked beans will probably find my version of the recipe to be sacrilege and just.not.right. but all I know is that I pre-portioned this for 5 lunches and ended up making more midway through the week.
- pimentón/sweet smoked paprika or liquid smoke,
- lentils (mine are brown?),
- a lot of ketchup,
- syrup/honey (I used a combination of honey and golden syrup),
- oil (I used my strong Greek olive b/c I have nothing else),
- vinegar (I actually have no clue what kind of vinegar in my kitchen),
- mustard (mine is dijón),
- bay leaf,
- black pepper
-Fry the onion in some oil until semi-soft.
-Add in the garlic and some smoked paprika.
-Add the lentils, ketchup, water, sweet liquid, vinegar, mustard, bay leaf and set to boil.
-Lower the heat and cover to cook for like an hour or until lentils are soft.