Monday, March 22, 2010

Snobby Joes

1 cup uncooked lentils
4 cups water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp chile powder
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 - 3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp yellow prepared mustard
4 - 6 kaiser rolls or sesame buns, sliced in half

Pour the lentils and water into a small saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the lentils are soft. Drain and set aside.
About 10 minutes before lentils are done, preheat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Saute the onion and pepper in the oil for about 7 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and saute for a minute more.
Stir in the cooked lentils, chile powder, oregano, and salt. Add the maple syrup to taste and the mustard, and heat through.
Turn off the heat and let the pot sit for about 10 minutes, so that the flavours can meld, or go ahead and eat immediately if you can't wait. Serve these open faced, a scoop of Snobby Joe on each slice of bun.

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