Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
This comes from Sarah Brown's Vegetarian Kitchen. I first tried it at a friend's house for a luncheon party. Served with salad, french bread and homemade tomato sauce, it is absolutely delicious. It can be served hot or cold.
- 6 ounces red lentils
- 12 fluid ounces water
- 4 ounces grated cheddar cheese
- 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons single cream
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon butter
- Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5, 375 deg F (190 deg C).
- Pick over the lentils for any sticks and stones.
- Rinse thoroughly and cook in a tightly covered pan with the water for 10-15 minutes.
- Check after 10 minutes in case you need to add more water.
- The mixture should cook to a stiff puree.
- Remove the pan from the heat and mix in the grated cheese, chopped onion, parsley, cayenne pepper and lemon juice.
- Season to taste.
- In a separate bowl lightly beat the egg.
- Stir in the cream (to the egg).
- Pour this mixture over the lentils.
- Greas e 1 lb loaf tin with the teaspoon of butter and press in the mixture.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes until the top is golden brown and the mixture feels firm to the touch.
- Let it stand for 10 minutes in the tin before turning out.
I had this recipe years ago, when my girls were young & I worked in the kitchen of a large children's nursery. All the children & staff & my family loved it. It's very substantial & tasty. We usually served it instead of meat (for a change) with vegetables & gravy. I'm so happy to have found it again! It will become a regular again & I'm sure my grandson will love it too.
I remember this recipe from the original Sarah Browne book. Made it and it was absolutely delicious. Don't cut down on the cayenne and use a good mature Cheddar and it really does pack a punch.