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Jan 16, 2007 07:13 PM

What to do with dried beluga lentils?

Have a bag...what's the best thig to do with them...I don't mind simple...

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    1. Cook them gently with a little sauteed mire poix cut small to match the size of your lentils. Gentle cooking ensure intacts beans, rather than blown out ones. Season at the end with salt, pepper and good olive oil and a nice red wine vinegar. Can't get much more simple.
      Adding bay leaf and thyme sprigs and a little olive oil to the water when you first start cooking them is a good way to go.
      You could add some pork product too, if so inclined.
      They are not usually as pretty once cooked as they are when all black and shiny in the bag they've come in. Again, a gentle simmer will yield more attractive lentils.

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      1. re: rabaja

        Cook as previously discuss and pair with braised leeks, slow cooked salmon, or merguez sausage. Very good with gentle greens like mache or brawny ones like dandelion.

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        1. Dress the lentils cooked as described above with walnut oil and sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar and serve warm on a spinach or other green salad with a fried or poached egg on top.

          Or toss with cooked bulgur, chopped tomato, and fresh chopped parsley, basil, oregano, etc.

          My mother in law makes a black and white lentil salad-- cook black lentils and white lentils seperately, let come close to room temperature. Layer side by side on a bed of baby spinach, and then dress and toss with your favorite salsa once everyone has admired the contrast.

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          1. re: Notorious EMDB

            No can do on the walnut oil..nut allergy. Is olive, grapeseed, or avocado oil OK?

            1. re: Diana

              Yes-- a peppery, herby olive oil by preference. The oil should have some flavor of its own to offset the minerally-ness of the lentils. Lemon-scented olive oil, sometimes called agrumato (?) is very good for this.

          2. lentils are a very delicious complement to salmon. i use a lemon infused olive oil to dress them.

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            1. re: hotoynoodle

              Agreed. I've put a fillet of salmon on top of a bed of lentils many times

              setting a nice browned lamb shank on top would also be a wonderful thing.