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Question about French Lentils

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Sal Vanilla Feb 7, 2013 12:52 PM

I just bought some french lentils to have with some salmon come Spring. I have a few questions:

1) Do they taste any different than reg. brown lentils?
2) Do they have to be cooked up differently than browns?
3) Any other good ways to have them besides with salmon?

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  1. sunshine842 RE: Sal Vanilla Feb 7, 2013 01:21 PM

    Yes, green lentils have a slightly different flavor -- not enough to make or break a dish, but different.

    They're cooked the same

    They're also good cooked with a ham hock and some sausage, carrots, and onion to make a petit sale -- a really delicious lentil stew from France

    Try them as salads, as a side dish -- they're very flexible, very tasty, and very healthy.

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      Sal Vanilla RE: sunshine842 Feb 7, 2013 01:32 PM

      Salads? Like with lettuce salads?

      I will scan around for a recipe for petit sale.

      Thank you.

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        sunshine842 RE: Sal Vanilla Feb 8, 2013 12:55 AM

        salads like a potato salad

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      Sherri RE: Sal Vanilla Feb 7, 2013 01:27 PM

      To my taste buds, green lentils have a 'fresher' flavor than brown lentils. I cooked green lentils for a side dish last evening to accompany lamb.
      Sweated leeks, carrots & celery in butter, added lentils, fresh thyme sprigs. SPTT + chicken broth. When almost cooked, I diced a couple of Roma tomatoes and added to finish. Topped with minced parsley for a great side. I made extra to have some already cooked lentils available for:
      1. salad
      2. soup

      EDIT: I just remembered that I added a splash of red wine vinegar at the end of cooking plus a TBLS of tomato paste. The acid gives the lentils a bit of punch and livens their flavor nicely.
      For a salad, I use scallions, fresh parsley, diced or grated carrots, walnut oil + red wine vinegar and toasted walnuts. This is an especially nice winter salad when other vegetables are not at their best.

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        Sal Vanilla RE: Sherri Feb 7, 2013 01:33 PM

        Lamb. I can see the earthiness going well.

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        blinknoodle RE: Sal Vanilla Feb 7, 2013 05:08 PM

        French lentils keep their shape much better and I also prefer them in salads (along with the black beluga). They also cook up faster than standard green lentils.

        One of my standard potlucks dishes is an 11-spiced lentil salad with currants and capers. Everyone enjoys it.

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          Sal Vanilla RE: blinknoodle Feb 7, 2013 05:45 PM

          Ah I did not see it on that link, but found it: http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2011/...

          But I am glad you had me roam around because that blog is right up my eating ally! Thank you.

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          mwk RE: Sal Vanilla Feb 8, 2013 10:18 AM

          I love the French lentils. I think they have a more interesting flavor and hold their texture better than the brown ones. Just last week I made this delicious soup with French Lentils. I highly recommend it:

          http://www.onceuponachef.com/2013/01/...

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