Any suggestions for good lentil recipes? I've got a few packages of the green French lentils (Puy) and the black beluga lentils. I have made the Zuni Cafe Cookbook recipe for lentils braised in red wine - and I love it - but am looking to expand my lentil repertoire.
Love lentils, don't have the recipes at hand, but some that are sure winners - dahl, lentil soup, and my fave (which is sto easy to make) is warm lentil salad with roasted butternut squash, roasted red peppers and feta - fresh flat leaf parsley is essential here! As well, lentils go really well with bacon, so try another warm salad with crispy bacon, carmelised shallots and lemon vinagrette.
hope that helps!
I have only used red and boring brown lentils, not fancy ones, but here are two of my favorite recipes:
Sausage-lentil stew/soup, though it's not really that time of year:
... from Cooking Light - but I use 1 lb sausage and add some red pepper flakes.
Pasta salad (based on a recipe in the Moosewood low-fat cookbook):
12 oz pasta (regular or whole wheat - I like fusilli or small shells
)1 can artichoke hearts, chopped
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1/2 bag (1/2 lb?) lentils - cook as per directions
Feta cheese to taste
Newman's Own vinegarette dressing (which has lemon juice in it), or any other lemon-based dressing - we usually have this one in the fridge
There's a classic rural French dish called something like 'little salt with lentils', (petit sale aux lentilles) that is salted pork that is braised, and then served with lentils. I believe a cut like jowl is preferred, though I've done it with belly. Buying or making your own was discussed a while back. In any case, a relatively simple preparation of lentils, especially Puy, goes very well with the richness of fatty pork.