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1 cups French lentils, cooked (you'll need 1/2 cup raw lentils)
4 cups crimini or button mushrooms (or a mix of your favorites), washed; stems and caps
sliced 1/2 yellow onion,
sliced 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, more as needed
1 tsp dried thyme
tsp dried tarragon
1 Tbsp golden miso paste
2 Tbsp boiling water
1 cup walnuts
2 Tbsp Tamari or soy sauce, or more to taste
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
several twists of fresh black pepper
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Step 1: Cook your lentils ahead of time. Cover 1/2 cup dry lentils with a few inches of water and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
Step 2: Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a cast iron skillet or deep dished frying pan. Add onions and cook until translucent and golden.
Step 3: Add garlic and mushrooms, and another 2 Tbsp of oil. Sauté for 1 minute.
Step 4: In a small bowl, whisk with a fork 2 Tbsp boiling water and 1 Tbsp miso paste. Add this mixture to the pan. Add herbs, and continue stir frying for 4-5 more minutes, or until mushrooms are well-coated and tender. If you find that the mushrooms need more more moisture, add a few dashes of soy sauce or more water. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Step 5: Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add walnuts, stirring frequently. Cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant and golden. Remove immediately from the pan and let cool.
Step 6: Add lentils, toasted nuts, and mushroom mixture (slightly cooled by now) to a food processor or blender. Add soy sauce, lemon juice, vinegar, and black pepper to taste. Blend until you've reached your desired consistency--I prefer it slightly chunky. You might prefer it smoother, like hummus.
Step 7: You might find that your mixture needs more liquid, in which case add more soy sauce or vinegar. Taste and adjust season and salt. Scoop into a serving bowl and garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy with crudité or crackers.