I shared the link for this recipe from Food & Nutrition months ago, but I figured it would be a lot easier, not to mention more helpful, to share the actual recipe on the blog. Seriously though, I am really proud of this recipe and am so thrilled with how it turned out! I loved giving this classic dish a contemporary and healthy twist and think you will enjoy the results.
1. Prepare the caramelized onions. Coat an 8-inch cast-iron skillet or thick-bottomed sauté pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Heat the skillet on medium-high heat until oil begins to shimmer and add onion slices, stirring with a wooden spoon. Cook for 10 minutes, stir intermittently. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in the balsamic vinegar.
2. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400° F.
3. Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise into 8 strips roughly 2 inches wide and then cut strips widthwise into 8 sections. Place the eggplant pieces onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush the piece with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Place in oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown and soft. Remove eggplant pieces, place in a bowl, add lemon juice and toss to coat each piece. Combine parsley, diced tomatoes, 1⁄8 cup feta in a small bowl. Set both aside.
4. Adjust oven to 350°F. In a food processor or blender, pulse lentils and mushrooms until texture is grainy and roughly combined. Scoop the mixture into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the pita crumbs, eggplant, onions, 1⁄4 cup feta, garlic, oregano, 1⁄8 cup olive oil and broth until evenly combined. Transfer the lentil loaf contents into a 9 x 5-inch nonstick loaf pan and smooth top with a spatula. Bake for 25 minutes, remove from oven and sprinkle nutmeg, and tomato, parsley and feta mix evenly over the top. Return to oven and bake for 5 more minutes. Remove and let loaf rest for 15 to 30 minutes or until it feels firm enough to slice.
2 thoughts on “Mediterranean Meatless Lentil Loaf”
Looks gorgeous! I saw that recipe in Food & Nutrition Mag and can't wait to try it! I LOVE meatless loafs, they are so filling and full of nutrition 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
How sweet of you to say, thank you so much Alex!!! The awesome thing is you can customize it to include your favorite flavors. You'll have to let me know how it turns out when you make it. Love your blog btw 🙂