extra virgin olive oil for pan
4 medium potatoes; skin on
3/4 cup red lentils
3 cups water
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion; quartered and sliced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
nutritional yeast (optional)
Preheat oven to 375. Oil a cast iron skillet or small baking sheet. Scrub potatoes, cut in half and place cut side down on oiled pan. Place in preheated oven and bake until potatoes are soft (30-40 minutes depending on thickness)- test by gently pushing with the end of a wooden spoon.
Meanwhile prepare filling.
Cook red lentils till tender; place lentils in a sieve, rinse under running water, place in pot with water, bring to boil, reduce heat and gently simmer for 30 minutes.
While the lentils cook saute onions sprinkled with salt in extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Stir occasionally allowing onions to get golden to slightly browned on some pieces. Add the smoked paprika and black pepper, stir and reduce heat to low.
Drain the cooked lentils in the sieve, rinse with running water and drain all water. Add lentils to the onions, stir, bring to a simmer over medium high heat and remove from heat.
Flip the baked potato halves to cut side up. With a fork or spook break the cut side, now a crispy and golden brown crust, in several areas. Top each potato with a generous spoonful of the onion and lentil filling. Squeeze an optional dollop of ketchup on top of each and sprinkle with the optional nutritional yeast.