Honey Baked Lentils
Combine in a dutch oven or saucepan:
1 lb lentils (2 1/3 C)
1 bay leaf
5 C water
2 tsp salt
Boil, covered, for 30 minutes. Do not drain. Discard bay leaf.
Preheat oven to 350. Combine and then mix into lentils:
1 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp powdered ginger
1 TB soy sauce
1/2 C chopped onion (sub. 2 cloves garlic or a touch of onion powder even for picky kids)
1 C water
4 slices bacon, chopped (I usually precook lightly)
Stir in most of bacon into lentils. Pour into lightly greased casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining bacon on top.
Pour over all:
1/3 C honey
Cover and bake 1 hour. If I precook the bacon a touch and sauté the onion I usually don’t bake this long. Makes for a faster dinner that way and still tastes pretty good. If you have the time, baking together will mix flavors a bit more, I’m sure. If you don’t cook bacon first, take the lid off to brown it on top for the last several minutes.
It’s flexible. That’s a basic outline anyway.