Monday, July 29, 2013

Lentil Bake w/ Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese & Tomato Olive Relish

This isn't as good as the Oasis original (see previous post), but it is absolutely delicious.  The original dish was garnished with a tomato jalapeno jam.  I didn't feel like going through the hassle of such a thing, so I opted for a fresher topping.  I had some nice mixed olives and, like everyone it seems, I am loaded down with tomatoes; they seemed to be the natural pairing with this.  The lentil bake is a perfect vegetarian main course or would be a great side to some sort of roast instead of potatoes.

Lentil Bake
1 1/2 C sorted, washed brown lentils
6 C water
1 lrg clove garlic
1 bay leaf
1 vegetable bouillon cube
2 med onions, thinly sliced
1/4 C dry vermouth
1 tsp minced garlic
3-4 oz goat cheese
2 tsp fresh thyme (1 tsp dried)
1 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
2 egg whites
1/4 C shredded asiago or parmesan

   In a large pot, bring water, lentils, garlic clove, bay leaf, and veg bouillon to a boil.  Reduce to simmer (med-low), partially cover, cook 15-20 minutes until lentils are soft.  Drain, discard garlic and bay leaf.  Mash the lentils up a little.
   In a little bit of oil, cook onions over medium low until soft and brown (caramelized, it will take 15-20 min).  Add garlic, cook 1-2 min.  Deglaze pan with dry vermouth (or white wine).  Add to lentils.
   Add goat cheese, thyme, and salt to lentils.  Mix until cheese is distributed throughout. (Adjust seasoning to taste at this point.)
   Beat egg whites to stiff peaks.  Fold into lentil mixture.
   Pour into greased baking dish.  Top with asiago
   Bake 350 deg F covered for 15 minutes.
  Uncover, bake another 15 minutes, until cheese is browned.
   Serves 4 (main).

Fresh Tomato & Mixed Olive Relish
1/4 C chopped mixed olives
1/4 C chopped fresh tomato
2 tsp fresh chopped basil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar

   Combine ingredients, let sit together for at least 30 minutes.  The mixture may or may not need salt depending on the brininess of the olives.
   Serves 4

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