Sunday, September 12, 2010

Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions and Sausage

Another Mark Bittman recipe tonight... Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions. Again I was able to use my Mark Bittman App for the recipe. With the addition of some Chicken Sausage with Roasted Red Pepper and Asiago everybody was happy. What a fantastic meal. The lentils and cumin were not overpowering. It was delicious!

Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions
(I made half this recipe, wish I made more so I'd have leftovers!)

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped, plus 1 large or 2 medium onions, halved and sliced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups lentils (one 16 ounce bag), washed and picked over
About 6 cups of chicken, beef or vegetable stock, or water, warmed
1 cup long or short grained rice (I used Jasmati Rice)

Place 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large, deep saucepan and turn heat to medium. A minute later, add the chopped onion and cook until it begins to get tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, salt and pepper and cook 3 minutes more. Add the lentils, stir, and add about 4 cups of liquid.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until the lentils begin to soften, about 20 minutes. Add enough of the remaining liquid so that lentils are covered by about an inch of liquid. Stir in the rice. Cover and turn heat to low.
Meanwhile, place the remaining oil in a medium skillet and turn the heat to medium-high. Cook the onion slices, stirring frequently, until they are dark brown but not burned, about 15 minutes. Scoop out onions and let them drain on paper towels while you finish cooking the lentils and rice.
Check the rice and lentils after 20 minutes. When both are tender and the liquid is absorbed, the dish is ready. If lentils and rice are not tender, add more liquid, cover and cook for a few more minutes. If, on the other hand, the rice and lentils are soft and there is a lot of liquid remaining, raise the heat a bit and cook, uncovered, until it evaporates.
Serve the rice and lentils garnished with the caramelized onion.

Anyone ready for some football?


lucy said...

che belle foto di gatti.veramnet eun riso buonissimo e molto particoalre.noi italiani andiamo gotti di you prefer english? for me is different.kiss. good week

Sprigs of Rosemary said...

Love this . . . it's the season and I'm ready!