|FFWD ~ Classic Lentil Salad|
Hello everyone! It’s time for French Fridays again. This week we have a very basic dish to serve up...French Lentils! Lentils have always been part of my life. I grew up on them. My grandmother would serve them weekly, as part of our meatless Friday menu. How many of you remember those meatless Fridays? Once, while in high school, I went with some girlfriends to the Newbury’s lunch counter, to grab an after school snack. I was really hungry and ordered a hot dog. Then I remembered it was Friday! Being the good Catholic girl I was, I reluctantly walked away from that hot dog. Even though I was starving, and had no money to buy anything else! In my thirteen-year-old mind, I was comforted in knowing I had not committed a sin, that could send me straight to...you know where.
|I loved the goat cheese added to this salad…creamy and rich tasting|
I was really looking forward to trying Dorie’s Basic French Lentil recipe, and it did not disappoint.
French Lentils, otherwise known as lentilles du Puy, are a smaller, green-gray variety that grow in France. The name comes from the region of France where they are grown. When they are cooked, they hold their shape, which makes them perfect for salads.
|du Puy lentils compared to the normal brown lentil|
Dorie’s recipe for the French Lentils is simple and delicious. The lentilles du Puy, are cooked in chicken broth, along with celery, carrots, an onion, cloves, garlic, and a bay leaf till tender. Once the lentils are cooked, remove from the heat, and add a tablespoon of Cognac and a chopped shallot. These lentils have a rich, deep warm flavor, that I truly enjoyed.
The book gives several options for serving the lentils. Honestly, I loved them right out of the pot…a perfect side dish! However, one option Dorie suggests for serving them, is with a Dijon vinaigrette, as a salad. It’s made with Dijon mustard, walnut oil, sherry vinegar, salt, and freshly ground pepper. I chose to make the salad with the vinaigrette, and added some goat cheese to mine! A la Dorie! A lovely lunch to say the least! Happy Friday everyone!
This recipe can be found in Dorie’s cookbook, “Around My French Table”, or here at Serious Eats. To see how the other Dorista’s chose to make their lentils, check it out here on the FrenchFriday webpage.
|Delicious Classic Lentil Salad…Happy Friday everyone!|