The Palouse area of northern Idaho and eastern Washington is known as the "Dried Pea and Lentil Capital of the World". I serve this as a main dish, or as a side dish for picnics and barbecues. I've used the recipe for many years.
- 2 cups dried lentils (4 cups cooked)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 5 cups water, divided
- 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
- 1 envelope onion soup mix
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
- Rinse the lentils. In a heavy saucepan, bring lentils, salt and 4 cups water to a boil. Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the lentils are tender.
- Meanwhile, cook beef over medium heat in a skillet until meat is no longer pink. Drain excess fat. Stir in soup mix, ketchup, mustard, vinegar and remaining water. Gently stir in lentils. Spoon into a 2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Ranch-Style Baked Lentils in Country April/May 1991, p49
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