A few months back I ranted and raved and squealed about this stuff, Faux Gras, also known as Toasted Walnut Lentil Pate:
My friend Ian, dazzled and moved by my glorious blog, decided to try out his own version. According to him, it was spectacular. So I had to make it for myself:
1.5 cups of uncooked brown lentils
About 4 cups of water
1 heaped TSP of Marmite
2 large onions, sliced/chopped
A bag of walnuts*
1 TBS soy sauce
Freshly ground pepper
Cook the lentils for 45 minutes with the water and Marmite. Drain any excess water.
While the lentils are simmering, saute the onions on low heat slowly in olive oil. Check and stir frequently. This slow, gentle caramelizing of the onions gives this spread its outstanding flavor.
Blend everything (I used a food processor) until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
*I decided to toast my walnuts in the oven at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes before blending with the other ingredients.
Okay, so it looks a little like cat food. But trust me, this stuff is insanely good. I put it in a collard leaf with some julienned carrots and zucchini for a nice lunch earlier this week (challenge no. 20).