Brie, Cranberry, and Mashed Lentil Melts
with green beans
If you're making this meal on the day it's scheduled, it is Thanksgiving in the United States, so we’re giving an easy meal with holiday-inspired flavors. Make it tonight if you want a festive (but super easy) meal at home or make it with leftovers from the big meal!
- Lentils, cooked - 2 cups (use pre-cooked lentils or if cooking from dried, use half the amount of dried and prepare according to package directions)
- Butter - 4 Tbsp
- Sandwich bread - 8 slices (sourdough preferred)
- Cheese, brie - 8 oz
- Cranberry sauce - 1/2 cup (sub cranberry or raspberry jam)
- Green beans - 1 lb, trimmed
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Water - 1 Tbsp
- Oil, olive - 2 tsp
- Lemon juice - 2 tsp
- Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
- Lemon zest - 1/2 tsp
- In a small bowl, mash lentils with a fork until most are broken apart. If not already well-seasoned, season with some salt and pepper.
- Prepare melts by spreading butter on one side of each piece of bread. Lay out half of the bread slices, buttered-side down. Top with brie (if the brie is too firm to spread with a knife, cut it into slices), cranberry sauce, and mashed lentils. Finish with remaining slices of bread, buttered-side up.
- Heat up a griddle or a skillet over medium heat. Place sandwiches onto heated surface (as many as can fit) and press down throughout the grilling process with a spatula. Cook sandwiches on both sides until golden brown and cheese is melted, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
- While sandwiches are cooking, heat a saute pan with lid or a wok over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then add green beans to heated oil. Saute for 2 minutes to get them started cooking. Add water and cover.. Steam green beans, covered, until nearly tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove cover and saute until water has cooked off and green beans are very tender, 1 to 2 minutes more.
- When green beans are done cooking, toss well with olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, and lemon zest. Season with some salt and pepper.
- Serve sandwiches with green beans on the side. Enjoy!
Part of what made this so special was that I had cranberry sauce with some mustard in it. Also added greens to it. This could be one of the best sandwiches I have ever had.1 Helpful
Made this using the Panini press. Used leftover turkey and Camembert cheese. Delicious.0 Helpful
I didn’t care for this recipe as is. I added mayo, Dijon mustard, and a different type of cheese and it was much better. I found it a little dry per the directions.0 Helpful
Delish and easy0 Helpful
We made this using smoked Tofurky slices and the cranberry sauce (with the Brie, of course). Served with a side lemony Brussels sprouts instead of green beans. So naughty and so delicious.0 Helpful
Super good. Used leftover turkey instead of deli meat abd it was a great way to use leftovers!0 Helpful
We loved making this with our leftover turkey! Great way to use that up. Husband wants to try something other than brie next time. Made with leftover green bean casserole.0 Helpful