POPSUGAR Celebrity

Lentil Spread

Nov 13 2007 - 8:30am

Lentil Spread [1]
From Martha Stewart [2]

1 cup French green lentils
2 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought vegetable stock
1/2 onion, cut into 3 wedges
4 sprigs fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces shallots (about 1 1/2 cups), thinly sliced
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced (about 3 1/2 cups)
1/3 cup dry sherry
1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
2 hard-boiled eggs, whites finely chopped, yolks reserved for another use
50 low-fat whole-wheat crackers

  1. Bring lentils, stock, 1 3/4 cups water, onion, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat; simmer, adding water as needed (about 1/2 cup at a time) to prevent lentils from drying out, until they are tender, about 30 minutes. Discard onion, thyme, and bay leaf; set lentils aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots, and cook, stirring often, until golden, 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Add mushrooms; cook until mushrooms have softened completely and shallots are deep-golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Add sherry, stirring to scrape up browned bits. Remove from heat.
  5. Reserve 2 heaping tablespoons of shallot mixture for garnish; refrigerate, covered, until ready to use.
  6. Process remaining shallot mixture, the lentils, and nuts in a food processor until coarsely combined.
  7. Transfer to a large bowl, and stir in the egg whites.
  8. Line a 5-by-10-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, allowing 3 inches to hang over each long side. Spoon lentil mixture into pan, and fold plastic over top. Top with another loaf pan filled with heavy cans. Refrigerate 4 hours (or overnight).
  9. To serve, unwrap top, and invert onto a platter. Bring to room temperature. Garnish with reserved shallot mixture and thyme sprigs. Serve with crackers.

Serves 10.

Source URL