Lentils with Bacon & Onion

Lentils with Bacon & Onion

Growing up beans and cornbread were standard fare.  That doesn’t mean I liked it.  I’m pretty sure I would sit at the dinner table for hours because I wouldn’t eat my supper.  A very picky eater causing untold amounts of grief for my parents. Well I guess I’m officially grown up because now I like beans and cornbread and even better if I had some collard greens to go with them.

My Mom makes the best beans and she has shared some of her secrets with me. She cooks her beans in chicken broth which adds so much wonderful flavor and now that’s the only way I cook beans.

It is hard for me to remember to soak beans over night or to remember to put them on early in the day and that is why I love lentils.  They cook in about an hour and taste like you have cooked them all day.

I love to add bacon to my lentils and a little onion and it is such a simple dish but tastes incredible.  Very much comfort food for me especially with buttery cornbread.  Good for you too with lots of protein and fiber.  If you are really health conscience like my Mom, you can forgo the bacon, but me and Dad say, “Have the bacon!”  Especially if you have  hickory smoked Petit Jean bacon.

I wasn’t planning on sharing this recipe because it is so very simple but after mentioning it on facebook it was requested.  So here it is and I really think your family will enjoy it as much as mine did.  Even the little guy ate it up.  Just promise me you won’t skip the cornbread!  I have a super easy recipe that beats any mix everyday of the week!

Lentils with Bacon & Onion


Cooking Directions:

In a large Dutch oven, add lentils and chicken broth over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low, cover  and continue to cook, stirring occasionally for 45 minutes to one hour.

Meanwhile, fry bacon in a large skillet slowly over low heat.  Remove to paper towel to drain.

Add onions to skillet and cook in bacon drippings over low heat until they become translucent, stirring occasionally.

Remove onions with a slotted spoon and stir into lentils.

When lentils are tender, remove from heat and stir in bacon.

Serve with skillet cornbread.



Disclosure: I was provided with product for recipe development. I was not compensated for this post all opinions are my own.

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