I got some lentils in this weeks shop to maybe substitute meat in some meals. Never cooked with them before they always looked bland and boring, but I've heard you can do some lovely dishes with them so I thought I'd live a little
I only got split red lentils, and puy lentils for now. Didn't want to get all varieties in case they make me vom
Puy lentils and Halloumi cheese is a favourite here:
Fry up some veg cut up smallish e.g. onions, garlic, celery, peppers, mushrooms. Add 70g washed Puy lentils per person, cover with veggie stock (or water) and cook for about 30 minutes, until stock has been absorbed. Add seasoning to taste - chillies or cayenne pepper often used here. When lentils almost ready cut Halloumi into chunks and fry in hot olive oil until browned. Dress lentils with tablespoon of olive oil and one of balsamic vinegar, toss in cheese and serve with a yummy salad.
Delicious and very good for you.
With red lentils I do similar veg, throw in red lentils and a tin of chickpeas and stock + seasoning. Cook until lentils disintegrate and serve with quinoa or cous cous and grated cheese on top.
Red lentils, peanut butter and cheese burgers.... Make puree with lentils, onion, celery, carrot etc, mix in loads of cheddar and peanut butter, sqwodge into patties and if you can be arsed, roll in breadcrumbs before frying..... Make hooooooge batch and freeze because they're fiddly and whole kitchen gets covered in gloop. Delish though.
Cook the lentils and rinse in cold water, meanwhile cook some green beans and blanche some diced carrot and celery. Mix together with lentils and add dressing of chopped chives and parseley, lemon juice and olive oil.
This keeps for quite a few days in the fridge and I add cubes of feta when I want to eat it. mmmmm
You want a nice Madhur Jaffrey cookbook, tons of lentil recipes.
There's also a nice Spanish recipe which is like Grimma's but with chorizo sausage instead of the bacon, and then paprika. Yummy.
And I've made this - [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/wildduckbreastswithp_89945.shtml duck breasts and puy lentils] I know he has a slightly funny smile but he's a good cook! In fact I think I might make that this weekend...