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Lentils with Cabbage and Morel Mushrooms


As almost everything I make goes, this one is easy to improvise with. I had morels so I used them. Maybe you have shitakes or porcini. The method is the same. Obviously, if you don't want the bacon, just leave it out and increase the olive oil for sauteeing the cabbage. I used our Green Lentils, but I think this would be great with our Black Caviar lentils as well.

For the lentils

For the cabbage and mushroom mixture

  • 1 cup dried morel mushrooms
  • 2 to 3 slices of bacon
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 to 4 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • Fresh chives or parsley, chopped

Serves 4 to 6 hungry people

  1. Rinse the lentils and check for organic matter and discard. In a large pot, saute the onions, garlic, salt, and bay leaf in the olive oil over medium heat until soft, about 10 minutes. Add the lentils and cover by 2 inches of fresh water. Bring the pot to a full boil over high heat. After 5 minutes, reduce the heat to medium-low, partially covering the pot to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes, until the lentils are soft.
  2. Soak the morels in water for about 20 minutes, until soft. Gently remove the mushrooms from the soaking liquid and set aside. Strain the soaking liquid through a paper coffee filter or cheesecloth. Reserve the liquid.
  3. In a large open pan, add the bacon slices and cook over medium heat until cooked, turning once, about 15 minutes. Remove and reserve the slices. Drain all but about 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat. Saute the onion in the fat until soft, about 7 to 10 minutes. Add the butter and once melted, add the cabbage and stir well. Turn the heat up to medium-high. Add the salt and pepper. Continue cooking until the cabbage is tender yet still crisp, about 15 minutes (you want to avoid overcooking and making it mushy). Add the mushrooms, chopped or whole as you prefer. Add the reserved mushroom soaking liquid.
  4. Drain the lentils, reserving the liquid. Add the lentils to your serving platter and add a little of the reserved broth if it seems to dry or you prefer the dish a little soupier. Gently spoon the cabbage and mushroom mixture over the lentils.
  5. Chop the reserved bacon and lightly add it to the dish with the chives or parsley. Serve with a salad and bread. 


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