Bacon & Lentil Individual Pot Pies
Little pots filled with bacon and lentils cooked with onions, bay leaves and a little red wine and covered with butter puff pastry.
This may be comfort food, but I see a little ray of sunshine letting the new season in.
Makes 6 small pies or 1 medium-large sized one
1 pack dry cured bacon (I used one from Richard Bosman), diced
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 T olive oil
2 bay leaves
2 cloves garlic, crushed to a paste
400 g cooked lentils, drained if using a can
2 large tomatoes, skinned and chopped finely
50 ml red wine
100 ml vegetable or chicken stock (I used NoMu Fond mixed with warm water)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 egg yolk
1 roll butter puff pastry, kept cold in the fridge until you need to use it.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
In a pan on the stove, fry the bacon till starting to crisp. Remove and drain the oil in the pan. (You may also use it instead of olive oil)
Add olive oil to same pan and saute onions. Add bay leaves.
Just as the onions start to get translucent add the garlic and tomatoes.
Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring.
Add the bacon, wine and stock and increase heat slightly.
Allow the mixture to thicken.
Add lentils in last few minutes and stir gently.
You may need to add a little water if too thick.
Add salt and pepper and remove the pot from the heat. Remove bay leaves.
Cut out pastry tops for the mini pie pots, if using. Allow an overlap. Mine never loop great during this phase.
Fill each pot with the bacon lentil mixture till the top.
Cover each pot with pastry circles and cinch around the edges.
Brush tops with egg yolk.
Bake the pot pies according to directions on your puff pastry pack – in my case 10 minutes at 200 degrees and 10 -1 5 minutes on 180 degrees. Do monitor progress.
For some reason, my butter puff did not rise as high as it usually does; was delectable anyway.
Your photos look good enough to eat! Delicious!
Those are the cutest little pies I’ve seen in a long time! And really, who’s going to complain about bacon in a pie. 🙂
Excellent images Ishay and I can taste and smell the pie! We use french green lentils a lot around this kitchen so might give this a whirl. Needless to say – everyone loves bacon!
I love how rustic and homely these look!
that looks like great autumn comfort food, so perfect now that we seem to have skipped summer here 😉
Those looks absolutely beautiful Ishay! Great shots!! I love those little pans too… 🙂 Definitely gonna try those in winter!
Love bacon, love lentils – SO going to try these!! And I’m in love with the little cocottes too!