But, I figured, lentils are good for extending meat in a dish, so I would give it a try. With a few simple ingredients, I put together this very tasty dish which turned out to be a hit. When I reminded the family "But you hate lentils" I was informed, "Oh, we only hate lentils when they don't have meat with them." NOW they tell me!
Savoury Mince with Lentils
500g (1 lb) lean minced beef (hamburger)
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 tsp mustard powder
2 TBSP Worchestershire or soy sauce
1/2 cup tomato sauce (ketchup)
400g (14oz) can chopped tomatoes
400g (14oz) can lentils, rinsed
2 TBSP fresh chopped parsley
2 TBSP fresh chopped chives
1. Brown beef and onion in a large pan or pot, stirring frequently.
2. Add the mustard, soy and tomato sauces and stir well. Add the canned tomatoes plus 1 can of water. Bring to simmer.
3. Stir in lentils, then cover and simmer for 30 mins until well cooked and reduced to rich sauce. (I used a fork under the edge of the lid to enable steam to escape). Add the chopped herbs just before serving. Thicken if desired with a little cornflour & water.
I served it with mashed potatoes and broccoli. And it was followed with a yummy desert - see next post.