Braised Lentils

Recipe by LizzieLou

from the Food Network Canada show called The Main. I tried it tonight and it was pretty tasty! I'm a big fan of lentils anyway but I've never had them with bacon. The lentils are done in 2 steps remove the pre-cooking items before moving on to the braising. Prep time includes both steps

Top Review by connies

The flavors are wonderful in this recipe. I did a few things a little differently. We like our lentils a bit more firm so I skipped the first boil, and instead put all those ingredients and the uncooked lentils into the stage 2/bacon-fennel mix after that was deglazed, and cooked it all in broth, no water. Thanks for sharing this.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pre-Cooking Lentils.
  2. 1. Combine lentils, onion, celery, carrot, and bay leaves in a medium saucepot.
  3. 2. Cover with cold water to measure 1 inch above level of lentils. Simmer, uncovered until lentils are cooked and liquid has mostly evaporated, about 20-25min. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Braising Lentils.
  5. 1. Heat vegetable oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon pieces and cook until slightly crispy.
  6. 2. Add carrots, onion, leek, and garlic and gently sweat for a few minutes.
  7. 3. Add wine to deglaze, scraping any crispy brown bits.
  8. 4. Add chicken stock and lentils; bring to simmer and reduce until liquid reaches a light sauce consistency.
  9. 5. To finish, gently stir in butter, creme fraiche and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

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