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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Lentil, Cheese and Stuffing Loaf

In my pre-Christmas online shopping spree, I mistakenly ordered a couple of packets of dry stuffing mix rather than ready-made stuffing. By the time it gets to Christmas my cooking mojo has usually expired in a puddle of goose fat.  I threw them in the back of the larder and popped into the shop for the stuffing I wanted. However, once all the festivities had passed, I found the stuffing again and one of the things I like to use dried stuffing for is to bulk up meatloaf, it acts like breadcrumbs and adds flavour too. This time however, I decided to make a non-meat version, based on a couple of different Lentil Loaf recipes.

Lentil, Cheese and Stuffing Loaf
serves 6-8

180 g red lentils
240 ml liquid (I used wine, but you could use cider or water)
130g pack of stuffing mix, reconstituted as per packet instructions
135 g grated hard cheese (I used a herb cheddar)
1 egg, beaten

1. Place the lentils and the liquid in a pan and add just enough water to cover the lentils.  Bring to the boil and allow to cook almost until tender and until the liquid has been absorbed.
2. Mix the cooked lentils with the reconstituted stuffing, beaten egg and the grated cheese.
3. Line a 400g loaf tin with silicone paper and fill with the mixture.
4. Cover with buttered foil and EITHER bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for about an hour, taking off the foil ten minutes before the end of cooking to brown the top OR place the tin in a slow cooker, pour boiling water around the tin (bain marie) until it is about half way up the tin and cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours.

I cooked mine in the slow cooker which kept it really moist, the texture is quite close and it cuts really well when cold.  I served it with gravy, but you could also serve with a tomato sauce.

The Lentil Loaf is also really good cold and makes a great packed lunch with some homemade coleslaw made simply with grated carrots, sliced red cabbage and a little leftover cream cheese dip from New Year as dressing. This was my lunch today and I really enjoyed it.

I'm entering this for Tea Time Treats the blogger event organised by Janie at The Hedgecombers and Karen at Lavender and Lovage.  The theme this month is Packed Lunches and it's being hosted by Janie.
I'm hoping it also fits with Cooking with Herbs  Great British Store Cupboard challenge, another challenge from my friend Karen at Lavender and Lovage.  Karen is asking us to use ingredients from the store cupboard as well as including herbs. As the cheese contained herbs and the stuffing mix contained sage, I think it should qualify.

I'm also entering the Lentil Cheese and Stuffing Loaf for Credit Crunch Munch  organised, and this month hosted, by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and Camilla at Fab Food 4 All  It's a thrifty dish, uses things that are in the store cupboard AND makes a great packed lunch!

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At 6 January 2015 at 22:43 , Blogger Unknown said...

Not for me sadly, but I'm sharing this with Jonny as he absolutely adores stuffing and reckon he's really enjoy this in his packed lunch. Thanks for sharing with Tea Time Treats too :)
Janie x
PS I'm very impressed that something you threw in the back of a cupboard just a few weeks ago has seen the light of day so soon. The back of my cupboards get ignored for months at a time! xx

At 7 January 2015 at 14:22 , Blogger Choclette said...

I love lentil loaves, but I can honestly say I've never used a stuffing mix in one.

At 7 January 2015 at 16:30 , Blogger Unknown said...

you know I actually really don't mind those stuffing mixes and if you use them wisely, like you've done here, they can be very good... they taste of Christmas too!... your loaf looks amazing!... Happy new Year!

At 7 January 2015 at 19:17 , Blogger Unknown said...

Mmm what a great way to pimp up stuffing, I can't believe I've never thought of putting lentils in it. I think I have Jane's cupboard problem with jars. I'm quite good rotating bagged stuff and tins but I am a terrible jar hoarder!

At 7 January 2015 at 19:58 , Blogger Unknown said...

Ooh yum! This looks really delicious Janice, what a great idea

At 7 January 2015 at 20:28 , Anonymous Lucy @ BakingQueen74 said...

I have some stuffing to use up so going to try this out, in the slow cooker of course :-)

At 7 January 2015 at 20:31 , Blogger Catherine said...

A delicious, satisfying and healthy meal. xo Catherine

At 7 January 2015 at 20:45 , Blogger Janice said...

I hope Jonny enjoys it. My cupboards are not too bad at the moment as we had all the kitchen out when the dry rot work was ongoing last year, so I haven't accumulated too many out of date packets yet!

At 7 January 2015 at 20:45 , Blogger Janice said...

There's a first time for everything ;-)

At 7 January 2015 at 20:46 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Dom, they quite versatile and I still have another one to do something with!

At 7 January 2015 at 20:46 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Sarah, it was really good and cut well. I think I liked it best cold with the coleslaw.

At 7 January 2015 at 20:47 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Kerry, it was fun to make.

At 7 January 2015 at 20:47 , Blogger Janice said...

But of course!

At 7 January 2015 at 20:47 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Catherine, it was good.

At 8 January 2015 at 09:26 , Anonymous Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry said...

Wow - a stuffing loaf for lunch. I like it.

At 8 January 2015 at 11:38 , Anonymous Helen said...

This looks delicious! I'm quite tempted to buy a pack of stuffing just to try it out.

At 8 January 2015 at 12:14 , Blogger Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I'm not keen on nut loaf, but this appeals to me more with some gravy and veg. Great idea Janice! Love it!

At 8 January 2015 at 20:26 , Blogger Hello said...

I love this delicious combination, and as your picture shows, makes a delicious lunch x

At 9 January 2015 at 09:25 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

Definitely for me as I adore stuffing whether it be meaty or veggie! What a fabulous entry for both Tea Time Treats and Cooking with Herbs, thanks for sharing such a tasty and very handy recipe! Karen

At 9 January 2015 at 20:47 , Blogger Janice said...

I certainly enjoyed it Bintu

At 9 January 2015 at 20:47 , Blogger Janice said...

Now that is a compliment! Thank you.

At 9 January 2015 at 20:49 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Jac, it is a great little dish.

At 9 January 2015 at 20:51 , Blogger Janice said...

aw thanks Charlene, it goes a long way too.

At 9 January 2015 at 20:51 , Blogger Janice said...

You are welcome Karen.


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