For those who have never tried stuffed onions, for those who have never tried to stuff them with lentils. A delicious appetizer, soft and crunchy at the same time
When you think about onions the classic probably comes to mind sautéed, indispensable base for a thousand dishes. But onions are also perfect as a main ingredient, for example stuffed. Their delicate taste makes them suitable to be stuffed with different foods, to obtain a soft and succulent casket. Do you want a light aperitif, but at the same time rich in taste? Prepare these onions stuffed with rice and lentils, wrapped in bacon. You will like them a lot!
Onions to use
Of onions there are different qualities, some sweeter, others with a stronger flavor. In any case you can leave them to soak for about 30 minutes. This way they will lose their pungent tone and have a more delicate aroma. Before stuffing them, dry them with an absorbent paper towel to prevent them from remaining too moist and breaking when cooking.
Rice but not only
For the rice, you will have to boil the cereal separately, and then mix it with the lentils. You can also stuff these onions with spelled or barley: the procedure remains the same, but it will no longer be a dish suitable for those who suffer from celiac disease.
The recipe for onions stuffed with rice and lentils, wrapped in crunchy bacon
4 medium-sized onions, breadcrumbs (gluten-free if you want it to be a dish suitable for celiacs), 250 g boiled rice, 200 g boiled lentils, 1 carrot, extra virgin olive oil, 16 slices of bacon.
First clean the onions, cut them in half, and sear them in boiling salted water for 5 minutes. At this point, drain them with a slotted spoon, dry them and remove the central part. In a pan, fry the sliced carrot in a little oil. When it is golden, add the already boiled lentils, cook, add salt and turn off. With a mixer, reduce them to a puree, adding a spoonful of water if necessary. In a bowl, mix the rice and lentil puree, season with salt and stuff the onions with a spoonful of this filling. Level well, sprinkle the onions with a thin layer of breadcrumbs and then wrap them with two slices of bacon. Arrange the onions in an oiled baking dish, one next to the other, place in a hot oven and cook for 10 minutes at 175 °. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.