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Basic Lentils

Love Lentils and only a little more work than boiling frozen peas. You can at a minumum just boil and eat or simply garnish after cooking. They keep for days in the refridgerator so it is a great Sunday dish to eat in different ways all week.

This recipe makes them much more appealing and delicious and barely more work than boiling water!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups lentils

1 onion, quartered

2 bay leaves

1 garlic clove, smashed

1 carrot, diced

1 celery rib, finely diced
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sea salt

freshly ground Tellicherry Peppercorns

Fat - 2 tablespoons: Olive Oil (flavorful, your favorite is best), Lard, butter, roasted walnut oil

Red Wine Vinegar - almost any vinegar - just a few drops

Chopped Parsley


Directions:

Wash the lentils and remove the debris.

Place the lentils in a soup pot (at least 3qt) and cover with water. About 6 cups. And bring to a boil.

Skim off the foam and add onion, bay leaves, garlic, carrot, celery.

Lower heat to a simmer with a few bubbles bubbling if possible.

Cook until tender, but still firm. Do not overcook as they turn mushy. About 25 minutes.

Strain and remove the onion, garlic, bay leaves.

Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Add fat, olive oil, lard, butter, roasted walnut oil

Add a couple of drops of vinegar to bring out the flavors

Garnish with greens like parsley.






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