Lentils like Baked Beans

Joe Beef's Lentils like Baked Beans

Adapted from Food52.com


Ingredients:
4 slices bacon, finely diced **Yeaaaaaaaah. Used 1T of oil instead.
1 Onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon minced Garlic
2 cups red Lentils, picked over and rinsed **Green is a kind of red. No really! It's true!
4 cups Water
1/4 Cup Ketchup
2 Tablespoons Maple syrup, plus more as needed
2 Tablespoons neutral Oil, like grapeseed, vegetable, or canola
1 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar, plus more as needed
2 Tablespoons Colman's dry mustard
1 teaspoon freshly ground black Pepper, plus more as needed
1 Bay leaf
Salt

How To:
1- Preheat the over to 350° F (180° C). In an ovenproof pot with a lid, fry the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for about 4 minutes, or until softened. Then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. **I used Olive Oil instead of bacon drippings. ALSO - I used a cast iron skillet and a sheet pan as a lid. That's the way I roll.

2- Add the lentils, water, ketchup, maple syrup, oil, vinegar, mustard, pepper, and bay leaf. Stir well and season with salt. Bring to a boil. Cover, place in the oven, and bake for 45 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.

3- Taste and correct the seasoning with salt, pepper, maple syrup, and vinegar. Serve hot now or later.