French Lentils

This week on French Fridays with Dorie we prepared french lentils: a basic recipe (page 367).  I have never made lentils before, eaten them many times but never cooked them.  This was an interesting technique to keep the onion whole unless I missed something.  I managed to confuse the insertion of a clove into the onion with a garlic clove into the onion.  I fixed my mistake but the whole was quite large for a clove.

I was afraid I overcooked my lentils but my husband said they were fine.  I chopped and added the cooked vegetables back into the lentils.  It tasted great with the addition of carrots, celery and onion. We served this with salmon which my husband cooked perfectly on the BBQ.  I would definitely cook this again and try my hand at other lentil recipes.  Learning new techniques certainly helps my cooking confidence.

These recipes are part of an international cooking group working our way through Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.  To see what other Doristas thought go here.  

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Liz Berg says:

    Oh, I'd love salmon served over these lentils…terrific pairing!

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Ah,salmon and lentils, one of my favorite cominations. Your looks delicious.

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  3. tricia s. says:

    I understand the onion thing – it was a simple enough recipe but I kept referring back to it also. Almost forgot the garlic and then did end up cooking the shallot instead of adding it at the end. All tasted lovely. Just wish I had some of that delicious salmon –

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  4. Nana says:

    Those lentils look perfect with the salmon. We enjoyed the recipe, it issomething I actually cook a lot since Jim loves his lentils.

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  5. Cakelaw says:

    So far, I think all of us have kept the veges in the lentils – they added flavour and were good.

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  6. Kathy says:

    Lentils are a winner with me…I really enjoyed this recipe! Glad your family enjoyed it too…looks great with the salmon!

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  7. What a nice and delicious addition to those lovely French lentils – grilled salmon sounds wonderful with this recipe – well done!Have a nice weekend,Andrea

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  8. Diane Balch says:

    I always ate lentils as a vegetarian meal. I have had them over salmon in a restaurant… looks delicious.

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  9. Emily says:

    Oh I love the onions and carrots in the lentils but discarded the celery. A splash of brandy at the end was perfect for me! That bbq salmon looks fab with the lentils!

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  10. Anonymous says:

    The salmon looks perfect with the lentils!

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  11. Anonymous says:

    I love lentils. Salmon is the perfect pairing. Try a lentil salad or a lentil soup as you experiment with cooking more lentils.

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  12. Oh, I like the salmon on top of the lentil combination! Yum.

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