This post, however, is not about cookies. It's not even exactly about beans. But it is about lentils, which are legumes, which means they fit this theme! Yay! I like dry beans a lot -- but I like lentils even more. They're a great source of protein, they cook quickly with no pre-soak, and I think they smell like tea while they cook. Stand by for some seriously crazy fusion cooking!
1/3 cup milk
2 cups mujadara (recipe follows)
feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
salt & pepper to taste
Spread cooled mujadara in bottom of large oven-proof frying pan.
Beat eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together (I did it in my blender) until light and foamy.
Pour egg mixture over mujadara, cooking over medium heat just until eggs are set.
Sprinkle top with crumbled feta, if desired.
Bake at 400 until eggs are cooked through, and cheese is gooey and melty. Cut into 6 wedges and serve.
How's that for crazy? Mujadara is a Middle Eastern dish. Fritattas are Italian. Feta is Greek. And I used Thai Jasmine rice in my mujadara, because it's what I happened to have on hand. Believe it or not, it all works together quite well. And "mujadara fritatta" is just fun to say, isn't it? I know it's not a very pretty dish... unfortunately, green lentils cook up to be greenish-brown, and turn everything they come near the same funky color. But trust me -- this is a great dish, considering I completely made it up this morning and had no idea what I was doing!
Now, you ask -- what in the heck is mujadara? Here's the recipe!
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped coasely
1-1/3 cups green lentils, sorted and rinsed
3/4 cup long-grain rice
salt and pepper to taste
Fry onions in olive oil until soft and brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Place lentils in a large saucepan. Add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer 10 - 15 minutes, until lentils just begin to get soft. Add rice and enough extra water to cover. Simmer another 15 minutes, or until rice and lentils are done and water is absorbed. Stir in salt, pepper, and onions.
Kevin loves to quote a Monty Python skit to me: "say no to lentils!" He's crazy. I generally reply by sticking out my tongue, then saying, "say YES to lentils!"