I have truly been meaning to get back to my regular blogging schedule, but September has been a busy month. Last night I attended a cooking demonstration at the The Daily Meal with Chef Kerry Heffernan, formally of NYC's famed Eleven Madison Park restaurant . He made some really interesting dishes from local and wild fish/fowl and herbs of Long Island where he lives. Check out the menu. I never even heard of whelk or knew you could eat bluefish cheeks?
If you are not familiar with the food website The Daily Meal I would highly recommend checking it out. They cover all kinds of food and restaurant news along with having excellent recipes from bloggers around the country. I was so thrilled to meet some of my fellow Daily Meal blogger. One woman flew all the way up from Florida to attend the event.
OK, so that is my excuse for combining my French Friday with Dorie's post with Foodie Friday. I think it's a pretty good one?
Now lentils... when we made Orange Scented Lentil Soup I had no problem finding the king of lentils: lentils de puy in a gourmet market. When I looked again for these amazingly tasty lentils I only found French Lentils which means they were not grown in the Le Puy region of France. These were good but not as good as the Le Puy lentils, both were expensive.
When I looked at Dorie's recipe for French Lentils I decided to find a substitute. I read about which lentils keep their shape as opposed to getting mushy like lentils should do for Indian Dal's. I learned about a Spanish lentil called Pardina. It only cost $1.39 a bag from Goya, it kept it's shape and was delicious with the seasoning from this recipe.
As been the case lately, I didn't find the original recipe to be to my liking I make lentils often, and I've never found the need to strain them after cooking them for a time. I also find the vegetables to have a richer flavor when they have been sautéed first. What follows is my version of the recipe. Dorie's seasoning was right on the money. We really, really loved it. My husband asked if I could make this recipe our house default lentil recipe. I agreed. The pinch of clove and the tablespoon of cognac made a simple recipe into an extra special one.
by Diane Balch
adapted from Dorie Greenspan's French Lentils: a Basic Recipe in Around my French Table
preparation 10 minutes cook time: 30 minutes serves: 4 to 6
2 tablespoons of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1 large shallot minced
1 large carrot diced
1 celery stalk diced
1 garlic clove minced
1 bay leaf
1 pinch of ground clove
1 cup of Pardina lentils
32 ounces of chicken or vegetable broth
1 tablespoon of Cognac or other brandy
1) On medium high, heat the oil in a large sauce pan. Add the shallot, carrot, celery and garlic. Cook until they soften. Then add the clove and the bay leaf to bloom their flavor in the oil for about 1 minute.
2) Add the lentils, stir them around in with the vegetables for about a minute. Then add the broth and bring it to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the liquid is absorbed and the lentils are tender when tasted.
3) Add the cognac with the burner on medium heat. Stir it for about a minute.
Serve with over rice or boiled potatoes and a dark green. We loved it with Dorie's Lemon Steamed Spinach recipe.
Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review.
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