Joe Beef's Lentils Like Baked Beans

September 23, 2014

Author Notes: This version of baked beans, from Montreal's Joe Beef restaurant, dials back the sugar so we can taste everything else. Using lentils, importantly, also means that these baked "beans" cook in a fraction of the time. Recipe from The Art of Living According to Joe Beef (Ten Speed Press, 2011)Genius Recipes

Serves: 4


  • 4 slices bacon, finely diced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups red lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup, plus more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil, like grapeseed, vegetable, or canola
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, plus more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons Colman's dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat the over to 350° F (180° C). In an ovenproof pot with a lid, fry the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for about 4 minutes, or until softened. Then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.
  2. Add the lentils, water, ketchup, maple syrup, oil, vinegar, mustard, pepper, and bay leaf. Stir well and season with salt. Bring to a boil. Cover, place in the oven, and bake for 45 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
  3. Taste and correct the seasoning with salt, pepper, maple syrup, and vinegar. Serve hot now or later.

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