Creamed Lentils with Garlic Croutons

17 Jan

Creamed Lentils with Garlic Croutons

Serves 4
Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

4 cups water
1 1/2 cups small green lentils, rinsed
1 to 2 cups half and half
1 TB butter
3 slices bacon
salt
pepper

Topping:
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 slices country white bread (great time to use the ends of the loaf!), cut into cubes

Directions:
1. In a saucepan over high heat, combine water, lentils, half and half, butter, and bacon. Bring to a boil.
2. Reduce heat, cover partially, and simmer 40 minutes.
3. Remove the bacon and blend the lentils (in batches) in a food processor. Get the lentils as smooth as possible.

Topping:
1. Heat oil in frying pan over medium heat. Add garlic for 30 seconds, then add the bread.
2. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and stir until bread is brown and crispy.

Serve lentils topped with garlic croutons!

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