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Lentil, Cheese and Stuffing Loaf

Uncategorized | January 6, 2015 | By

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!

  1. Jane Sarchet
    January 6, 2015

    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

    • JaniceFGK100
      January 7, 2015

      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!

  2. Choclette Blogger
    January 7, 2015

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

    • JaniceFGK100
      January 7, 2015

      There's a first time for everything 😉

  3. belleau kitchen
    January 7, 2015

    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!

    • JaniceFGK100
      January 7, 2015

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

  4. Sarah Trivuncic
    January 7, 2015

    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!

    • JaniceFGK100
      January 7, 2015

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

  5. Kerry Cooks
    January 7, 2015

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

    • JaniceFGK100
      January 7, 2015

      Thanks Kerry, it was fun to make.

  6. Lucy @ BakingQueen74
    January 7, 2015

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

  7. Catherine
    January 7, 2015

    A delicious, satisfying and healthy meal. xo Catherine

    • JaniceFGK100
      January 7, 2015

      Thanks Catherine, it was good.

  8. Helen
    January 8, 2015

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

    • JaniceFGK100
      January 9, 2015

      Now that is a compliment! Thank you.

  9. Jacqueline Meldrum
    January 8, 2015

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

    • JaniceFGK100
      January 9, 2015

      Thanks Jac, it is a great little dish.

  10. Charlene F
    January 8, 2015

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

    • JaniceFGK100
      January 9, 2015

      aw thanks Charlene, it goes a long way too.

  11. Karen S Booth
    January 9, 2015

    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

  12. Sargento Cheese
    December 18, 2015

    I love your lentil, cheese and stuffing loaf dish. Can’t wait to try this, easy and delicious recipe.

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