The bacon really adds a great flavor to the lentils. I cooked down the liquid for a 'creamy' dish. Will definitely make again.
Bacon, Onion, and Brown Lentil Skillet
dory92064 Posted: 09/13/10
Goldberg Posted: 02/06/09
This was a pretty good weeknight dish. It was our first attempt at cooking with lentils. The bacon definitely makes the dish. Whole Foods didn't have brown lentils so we bought french lentils instead. I don't think we cooked them long enough because they weren't as tender as the ones in some of the Indian dishes I have had. We'll remember that for next time. We'll certainly make it again.
pkjade33 Posted: 11/11/08
Very good! I will definitely make this again. I agree with another reviewer that the bacon really makes the dish. I followed most of the recipe, used brown lentils with homemade chicken stock. I added more salt and also a few generous dashes of cayenne pepper, along with the black pepper. I had to simmer the dish about 15 minutes longer to cook up all of the liquid, but it was easy to make and made for a good weeknight meal.
terrihughes Posted: 01/04/11
Love, love, love this recipe! So easy to make and full of flavor! I used 2 sliced up smoked chicken and apple sausages instead of the bacon. It was delicious!
EllenDeller Posted: 04/16/09
This was absolutely delicious. I used green lentils and all broth instead of water, doubled the seasonings, and added some chipotle-garlic hot sauce at table. It took about 15 minutes to cook away the liquid (making the flavors especially good because concentrated). Served with mustard greens, CL corn scones, and cottage cheese. A really tasty recipe!
kateford Posted: 09/14/09
This recipe is so good! My husband get excited everytime I make it. Even my meat and potato in-laws loved it. I substitute 1/4 tsp dried thyme for the 1 tsp fresh thyme and it works! I also cook it down until there is practically no liquid, it gets creamy and is an absolute comfort food!
kmorgan234 Posted: 12/30/08
Super tasty! My boyfriend loves it, and he's not a big lentil fan...
lindypup Posted: 05/31/09
I thought this was pretty good. Center-cut bacon is delicious in this dish. Ultimately, there are better lentil dishes out there. Try Mollie Katzen's Lentils with Cheese for example, or Ina Garten's Lentil and Sausage Soup.
Meremaid Posted: 08/15/10
Hearty and yummy. A bit salty from the bacon. I couldn't get all the liquid to evaporate so I left some in and ate it with a spoon. Worked fine for me!
gardnerfran Posted: 01/07/11
Wow! We made this with a mix of lentils, and didn't have the spices they called for, or the celery. We loved it. I'd suggest using less liquid. I used about 3 and 1/4 cups liquid and it was much less mushy than previous reviews suggested and the lentils were more al dente.
MeganPrice Posted: 10/18/11
I made this for my husband and I for a weeknight meal and it turned out really well. I followed the recipe very closely. The only changes I made: I omitted the onion and celery (personal taste preference) I used 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth instead of 3 cups and 1 cup water. The only critique I have is the portion size. I measured out our portions (I'm on a diet and strictly track what I eat) and 1 1/3 C. each was almost exactly what I made for the whole portion. So, I'm not sure how this is to serve 4 people. I'd double it if you are looking for more servings out of this recipe.
AJLSickau Posted: 11/06/11
This was really good. I had to used dried thyme instead of fresh and added snipped fresh chives because I didn't have fresh parsley. The lentils had just the right amount of bite and weren't an overcooked, mushy mess. This is actually quite similar to the way I make lentil soup...only without the soup part. The bacon added great flavor without being overwhelming. Served with sauteed kale for a well-rounded dinner. Would definitely make this again!
AndySF Posted: 06/03/12
I loved this. Just simple and good. I used turkey bacon to make it a little more healthy, and also squirted some lemon on the finished product. Delicious!