I have been working my way through the recipes in Veganomicon for the Cookbook Club. Last night I tried the Snobby Joes, a play on the traditional Sloppy Joes.
I was a little confused with this recipe because it calls for lentils; just lentils. It doesn’t specify whether they should be red, green, brown or French; this complicates the recipe because cooking time for red lentils versus green/brown/French is dramatically different. I decided that I would try it with the red lentils because when I think of sloppy joes the first thing I think of is the rich red tomato sauce.
I served the Snobby Joes over brown rice because I didn’t have any bread. The recipe was just okay; the red lentils got really soft and turned into a pile of mush. I also thought that the maple syrup in the recipe was really unnecessary and made the dish too sweet. I would have tried a little molasses instead to add more depth of flavor and a just a tiny bit of sweetness.
Did I like this recipe? Well it was edible but not great. Would I make it again? No. I also wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, however if you do try this recipe go with a green, brown or French lentil.