Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 cup French green lentils

  2. 2 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought vegetable stock

  3. 1/2 onion, cut into 3 wedges

  4. 4 sprigs fresh thyme, plus more for garnish

  5. 1 bay leaf

  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt

  7. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  8. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  9. 8 ounces shallots (about 1 1/2 cups), thinly sliced

  10. 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced (about 3 1/2 cups)

  11. 1/3 cup dry sherry

  12. 1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped

  13. 2 hard-boiled eggs, whites finely chopped, yolks reserved for another use

  14. 50 low-fat whole-wheat crackers

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Bring lentils, stock, 1 3/4 cups water, onion, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat; simmer, adding water as needed (about 1/2 cup at a time) to prevent lentils from drying out, until they are tender, about 30 minutes. Discard onion, thyme, and bay leaf; set lentils aside.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots, and cook, stirring often, until golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook until mushrooms have softened completely and shallots are deep-golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add sherry, stirring to scrape up browned bits. Remove from heat.

  3. Reserve 2 heaping tablespoons of shallot mixture for garnish; refrigerate, covered, until ready to use. Process remaining shallot mixture, the lentils, and nuts in a food processor until coarsely combined. Transfer to a large bowl, and stir in the egg whites.

  4. Line a 5-by-10-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, allowing 3 inches to hang over each long side. Spoon lentil mixture into pan, and fold plastic over top. Top with another loaf pan filled with heavy cans. Refrigerate 4 hours (or overnight).

  5. To serve, unwrap top, and invert onto a platter. Bring to room temperature. Garnish with reserved shallot mixture and thyme sprigs. Serve with crackers.


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