Lentil Pate on Garlic Crostini
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place baguette slices on a large sheet pan, and season with a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bake in oven until golden brown; about 5 minutes. Remove crostini from oven, and immediately rub each slice with a garlic clove. Keep crostini warm until ready to serve
In a large, non-stick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add bacon, bay leaves, and cloves. Sauté mixture until bacon begins to brown; about 1 minute. Add onions, and continue to cook for a few minutes over medium low heat; stirring occasionally. Deglaze pan with wine, and let mixture reduce for a minute.
Carefully remove bay leaves and cloves from the pan, add Carmelina Brands® Italian Lentils, 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Let mixture cook for an additional 5 minutes over medium heat.
Remove lentil mixture from skillet, and place into a food processor. Blend mixture until consistency is smooth and spreadable; about 10 seconds. Check and adjust seasoning as desired. Spoon Lentil Pate onto Garlic Crostini. Garnish with roasted Carmelina ‘e…San Marzano® Italian Cherry Tomatoes (Pomodorini), rosemary, and shaved parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
Tip: To make a vegetarian version of the Lentil Pate, omit bacon, and replace with 1/2 cup of sautéed mushrooms.
Recipe created by Chef Giacomo Pagano on behalf of Mangia, Inc.