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Recipe – Lentil and Sweet Potato Dip

Hello and welcome to May! I am hoping the start of this month heralds the beginning of sunnier days, starting with this long weekend we are about to enjoy.

Today’s recipe is for a vegetarian dip but I guess it could be described as a pâté too. I found a packet of red lentils in the cupboard and had a little look through my recipe books for something different to do with it.


This is lovely served with crisps or vegetable crudités if you are trying to be good like me at the moment!


This made quite a large bowl of dip with can easily be transformed into little lentil patties with the addition of an egg to bind and a handful of breadcrumbs…I love a good 2-in-1 recipe!


1 small red onion, or half of a normal sized one, chopped

A good glug of olive oil

1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

1 sweet potato, peeled and diced

150g of red lentils

1 teaspoon of dried thyme

500ml of vegetable stock

Salt and pepper

How to make it

  • Begin by softly frying the red onion in olive oil on a low heat until soft
  • Add the paprika and mix well in the panlentil2
  • Now add the sweet potato, lentils, thyme, pour over the stock and season welllentil5
  • Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the potatoes are tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed
  • Allow the mixture to cool slightly then roughly mash using a fork until the dip is at a consistency you are happy with. You could always use a blender if you prefer a completely smooth dip…I prefer a chunky one!lentil8
  • Allow to chill and then servelentil9

About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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