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Author Notes: I like to cook and surprise my family with my own recipes. Many times I keep it a secret until it is time to eat, and this was an absolute hit! Tonight we just finished the leftovers that I froze about a month ago and it was just as delicious. It is a good entree to add simple vegetable sides to, but would also be nice with a green salad and crusty bread. I topped the casserole with melted butter, but it would also be delicious with truffle or walnut oil. —katiebakes
- 1 cup lentils, rinsed
- 4 bacon slices
- 1 splash sherry wine
- 8 ounces sliced baby portobello mushrooms
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 small celery stalks, diced
- 1/2 cup diced carrots
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
Parmesan Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed
- 3 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmigiano Reggiano
- In a medium size pot, cover lentils with water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 25-35 minutes, or until tender. Drain and set aside.
- In a large cast iron skillet, cook bacon slices until crisp. Remove, let cool, and crumble. Reserve drippings in skillet.
- Add sherry wine to bacon drippings, and saute mushrooms, onion, celery, carrot, and garlic over medium heat until vegetables are tender, about 7 minutes.
- Stir together chicken broth and flour. Add broth mixture, cooked lentils, salt, pepper, dried basil, bay leaf, soy sauce, and worcestershire sauce to the skillet. Reduce heat to low and let simmer until mixture thickens, approximately 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, in a large pot, cover potatoes with water, and cook until very tender. Drain potatoes, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid.
- While potatoes are cooking, in a small skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter and add pressed garlic, and cook over very low heat to gently release its flavor.
- In a large bowl, combine cooked potatoes, 1/4-1/2 cup potato cooking liquid as needed, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, garlic-butter mixture, milk, and salt. Using a mixer, whip potatoes until creamy. Stir in Parmigiano Reggiano.
- Top thickened lentil mixture with Parmesan Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Bake at 375 until heated through and bubbly, approx. 25 minutes.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Lentils
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