We have been reading the book The Golden Goblet in which Ranofer, the main character, is sometimes lucky enough to enjoy a bit of lentils. Not ever having lentils ourselves, we decided to give them a try. I was some what hesitant on how it would go and wondered if I should have a back up dinner planned, I didn't, and everyone liked them, even having seconds. The kids even offered up that they were so good we should have lentil stew again. I thought they were good. I wouldn't have sold my birthright for them like Esau did to Jacob, but they will certainly grace our table again. Here is the recipe we tried.
1/4 cup butter
1 onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1 carrot chopped
2 cups dry lentils
6 cups of water
1 pound of ham, diced
1/4 tsp. thyme
1 can diced tomatoes - I used frozen we had put up from the garden
Rinse the lentils to ensure there are no rocks etc. in them that could break a tooth. Melt butter in pan. Add onion, garlic and carrots and saute. Add lentils, ham and water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer for 20 minutes. Add tomatoes, thyme and salt and pepper to taste.
Simmer about 45 minutes or until lentils are soft and tender.