Lentils with Bacon and Mashed Potatoes

Lentils with Bacon and Mashed Potatoes | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

This recipe came to me from my sister in law.  If you like lentils, you’ll enjoy this.  If you don’t like lentils, you might like this.  Why?  Because it has bacon.  Bacon can make almost anything taste good.

However, if you hate lentils, then you might be like my picky eater who said, “Lentils can’t be cured with anything. They are inherently evil.”  He loves bacon, though, and simply skipped the lentil layer of this dinner.

My other two kids didn’t mind the lentils in this recipe.  They said the bacon did help, and my oldest liked the juice or gravy with the lentils.

My sister in law’s recipe includes sprinkling everything with vinegar.  I omitted this step since my family doesn’t care for vinegar most of the time.  I was going to try it, but then forgot.  I think it would be good either way, depending on what you like.

Lentils with bacon and mashed potatoes

Recipe: Lentils with Bacon and Mashed Potatoes
Recipe type: Main Dish
  • ½ pounds lentils
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 large onion
  • mashed potatoes
  • vinegar (optional)
  1. Cook the lentils in a quart of water for an hour or until soft. Add more water as needed. Do not drain. Keep the liquid as a gravy. After they have cooked, add a little salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Cook the bacon, reserving the grease.
  3. Chop the onion and cook it in some of the bacon grease. Cut or crumble the bacon and add it to the onions.
  4. Make mashed potatoes as you normally would. You could even use instant potatoes.
  5. To serve, put a serving of mashed potatoes on a plate, then top with lentils, and onions and bacon. Sprinkle with vinegar if desired.


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  1. Blue says

    This recipe sounds very nice, simple, AND inexpensive, which I really like. I’m a big fan of lentils and mashed potatoes. Since I’m a vegetarian, I’ll just substitute the bacon with bac’os. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Margaret says

    I do not eat from the end of the food chain anymore. So I would sub corned beef or Kielbasa beef sausage and add some tomato. I love lentils.

  3. says

    Oh, I think my 16 yr old and dh would LOVE this! Younger ds would be like your picky eater. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us. I have been looking for new ways to make lentils. This is perfect. And yes bacon oh yes bacon!

  4. April says

    Looks delicious! We love lentils and of course bacon! Sounds like a nice meal, I will have to give it a try! ~April

  5. says

    What a great combination! I make lentils often but always make it with ham. Never even thought to pair it with bacon or mashed potatoes. Can’t wait to try this. Pinning this on Pinterest so I don’t forget about it.

  6. says

    What exactly are lentils? I know what kidney beans or navy beans are. Are we talking split peas?
    I’m thinking I may stretch myself and make this. We are not big bean eaters, but we are trying some new things with my allergy diagnosis this month. I must branch out and find some new things to eat.

    • says

      Lentils are a legume. They are small. They look a little like split peas, but flatter. Because they are small they don’t take as long to cook as other dried beans and don’t need soaking. Unlike other beans, you can’t find them canned (at least I never have). Usually they are brown, but there are also red lentils. I’ve only tried the red ones a couple of times and they always turn to mush for me.

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