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5.31.2012

Dip It! EASY Lentil Dip

I love hors d'oeuvres...appetizers...whatever you want to call them!
They are probably my favorite part of a meal or party.

You know what I like even better...
a simple hors d'oeuvres that looks like
I spent all day making it and tastes exceptional.
Today, I have a SUPER (Beyond easy) dip for you.
I make it all the time now...
it is highly requested too...
and did I mention it is EASY...
oh yeah I did.
(If you do not live near a Trader Joe's, it takes more time....
read on, you will see.)
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Now one thought, I got this recipe from my (non-blogger) friend...
and she got it from a (non-blogger) friend...
so if this originated someplace else,
I am not privy to that information.
Happy to give credit where credit is due if I hear otherwise.
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It is seriously hard to take good photos of lentils...
not the prettiest food on the planet,
but trust me...it is BEYOND good!

INGREDIENTS
  • I box of steamed lentils from Trader Joe's. They are prepared and vacuum sealed and the cost is good, about $2.50
  • I tub of Bruschetta mix from Trader Joe's
WHAT!? No Trader Joe's!
Read on for how to make this with a wee bit more effort.

DIY Lentils
I just made my own steamed lentils and it was EASY (and more cost effective)

1. Rinse lentils and then soak lentils in a pot of water for about 2 hours
2. Fill (another) pot with about 1-2 inches of water and place steamer basket on top.
3. Lay lentils on the steamer basket, and steam for about 45 minutes with the lid on. 
  • !!CHECK ON THE LENTILS AND STIR THEM OFTEN...ALSO BE SURE TO CHECK YOU WATER LEVEL AROUND 30 MINUTES!!
  • During my first check many of them were just about ready, but a few were still hard...so I stirred them up and continued to steam.
  • You may need to steam for longer...just be sure to keep enough water in the pot.

DIY Bruschetta Mix

1. Chop a few Roma tomatoes
2. Chop  a cup or so of basil leaves
3. Crushed a few cloves of garlic
4. Add a few tablespoons of olive oil.
5. A pinch of salt perhaps.



MAKE THE DIP!
Now it gets complicated here...not!

1. Open lentils and break up with a fork.


2. Open bruschetta mix and add to lentils.

3. Stir (or put the lid on and shake).

4. Preferably, let your creation sit over night to really get the flavors to meld together...if not it is good right away too!


Serve with warm pita chips, homemade (I'd prefer) or store bought tortillas chips,
carrots - whatever your heart desires.


This is a fast and easy dip that is perfect to take along to those summer parties!
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3 comments :

  1. Hi Holly, I'm so glad you posted this recipe. I could really use a good healthy idea for an appetizer. I have company coming soon and one of my guests is a vegetarian. I am not, and I can never think of things to make. I tend to be a same ole, same ole person when it comes to recipes and get distracted by dessert recipes. This looks great and I'd like to try it. Thanks for visiting at Quirky Vistas and leaving me such a nice comment!
    Liz

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  2. Mmmm that looks so good, Holly! We have a TJ's being built near us - I can't wait!! I will definitely make this when it finally arrives.

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  3. Have made this like....5 times. So Yummy. I put it on crackers or pita chips, just by itself. I have added fresh mozzarella and fresh basil. I have also sprinkled it over arugula and added a little balsamic vinaigrette and pine nuts. Super Yumm!! Thanks for sharing.

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