This slightly soupy dish is a perfect accompaniment to sliced pork tenderloin, spicy sausages, or a swordfish steak. It may be prepared several hours ahead and kept covered at room temperature. Reheat slowly.
|2||cups lentils, rinsed|
|1||medium onion, quartered|
|5||cups chicken stock|
|1||tablespoon olive oil|
|1||large onion, chopped|
|2||cloves garlic, finely chopped|
|1||cup canned whole tomatoes, crushed in a bowl|
|1||tablespoon chopped fresh oregano|
|1||tablespoon chopped fresh thyme|
|1/2||cup heavy cream, or more to taste|
|Salt and pepper, to taste|
2. In medium skillet heat the oil. When it is hot, add the butter. Cook the onion, stirring often, for 8 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes.
3. Remove bay leaf and onion from lentils. Add the tomato mixture, oregano, thyme, and 1/2 cup cream. Cover and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until the lentils are cooked through.
4. Add salt, pepper, and more cream, if you like. Adapted from “The Cuisine of California’’