Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Continental Lentil Toad-In-The-Hole

Serves 4-6

125g continental lentils
4 tbsp oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
125g mushrooms, washed and sliced
1 tsp thyme
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

For the batter:
125g self-raising wholewheat flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 eggs
275ml milk

Wash, soak, rinse and cook the lentils, then drain them.
Preheat the oven to 425F/220C/Gas 7.
Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a good-sized saucepan and fry the onion and garlic for 5 minutes, letting them brown lightly, then add the mushrooms and fry for another 5 minutes. Stir in the continental lentils, thyme and sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to season; keep the mixture hot.
Put the remaining oil into the shallow baking tin in which you are going to cook the toad-in-the-hole, and heat in the oven.
Next, make the batter. Sieve the wholewheat flour and sea salt into a bowl and tip in the residue of bran left in the sieve. Make a well in the middle and add the eggs and about a third of the milk; beat vigorously with a wooden spoon, gradually incorporating the rest of the milk; beat well.
Pour the batter straight into the sizzling hot fat, then quickly spoon the lentil mixture on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until risen and golden. With gravy, potatoes and vegetables, this makes a good cheap family meal.

This was really good. The batter came out perfectly, really big and fluffy and the mixture of the lentils and mushrooms was really hearty, almost meaty.


judi said...

This is copied from Rose Elliot's "The Bean Book". Check out the book it has a whole lot of great veggie beanie recipes.

Flibbertigibbet said...

You're absolutely right!
When I started this blog, it was really for my own benefit, using the cookery books on my shelf. I add the recipes I try, with my notes and then tag with an ingredeient list, that way if I have (for example) leftover beetroot, I can find a recipe for it just by clicking beetroot!

I've found it's given me a much greater range of ideas for things to try and stops me having to sort through book after book trying to find something to use up the stuff about to go to wast in the fridge! :)