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Lentils like Baked Beans

Yields1 Serving

 1 Tbsp. canola oil
 4 slices bacon, finely diced
 1 small onion, finely chopped
 1 garlic clove, crushed
 2 cups red lentils, picked over and rinsed
 4 cups water
 1/4 cup ketchup
 2 Tbsp barbecue sauce
 2 Tbsp maple syrup
 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
 1 bay leaf
 salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Set a heavy ovenproof pot over medium-high heat, add the oil, bacon and onion and cook until the bacon is almost crisp and onions are golden. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the lentils, water, ketchup, barbecue sauce, maple syrup, cider vinegar, mustard, bay leaf, and some salt and pepper to taste.


Bring to a simmer, then cover and transfer to the oven for 30 minutes, or until the lentils are just tender and have absorbed the liquid. Pluck out the bay leaf before serving. Serves 8 or more.