Puy Lentils with Grilled Radicchio and Caramelised Lemons – Crane Cookware

Solar, Dec 20, 20

There’s an undeniably irresistible flavour of these caramelised lemon slices you discover tucked in and roasted alongside a rooster. A lot in order that I prefer to cook dinner lemon slices and shallots on their very own, including their barely charred candy flavour to aspect dishes and vegetarian choices on these events when stealing the crispy edged golden slices off the rooster thighs earlier than they attain the desk just isn’t an choice.

These Puy lentils with grilled radicchio is on of my favorite winter sides additionally doubling as a vegetarian most important for anybody so inclined round your desk. Be happy to switch the radicchio with roasted tomatoes within the hotter months or make it greener with chards and spinach. The grilled lemons and shallots are the star of the dish including a richness to the lentils and a sweetness to to the radicchio. Don’t simply use them right here, use them on every little thing from inexperienced veg to grains to warms salads.

Every of the weather of this dish might be made at the least a couple of hours forward and assembled on the final minute and serve at room temperature. The one necessary step is to be sure to costume the lentils with the vinegar when they’re nonetheless heat. I prefer to serve this straight out of the dish for ease (and since who wants to clean up something additional?).

Hanna Geller of Constructing Feasts, buildingfeasts.com

Serves 4-6 as a aspect

Puy Lentils:

  • 250g (1 1/4 cups) Puy lentils
  • 600ml (2 1/2 cups ) boiling water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small onion, halved
  • 1/2 carrot
  • 1 stick celery
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp every of chopped dill, mint and parsley


Caramelised Lemons and Shallots:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 2 banana shallots
  • 1 unwaxed lemon, ideally natural


Grilled Radicchio

  • 2 small radicchio (or 1 bigger head)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • good pinch of salt


Non-obligatory extras:

50g roughly chopped toasted almonds or hazelnuts

crumbled feta or goats cheese

Rinse the lentils effectively and place in a saucepan with the bay leaf, garlic, onion, carrot, celery and salt. Cowl with the boiling water and produce again to the boil. Place a lid on the pan and simmer for 15-20 minutes till al dente.

When the lentils have completed cooking, take away the aromatics and drain any water remaining within the backside (it will rely upon the age of the lentils). Instantly season with the sherry vinegar and a pinch of salt and grind of pepper. Exchange the lid and hold to at least one aspect till you might be prepared to complete making the dish.

Whereas the lentils cook dinner, thinly slice the shallots and lemons into rounds (ensuring to take away any pips).

Place a frying pan on a medium warmth and coat the underside with the tablespoon of olive oil and drop within the butter to soften collectively.

Add the shallots and sprinkle with a pinch of salt to cease them browning an excessive amount of. Prepare dinner till translucent and simply starting to color. Lay the lemon slices on prime, wedging them in in order that additionally they contact the underside of the pan.

Prepare dinner for 3-5 minutes, checking usually till the lemon slices are caramelised earlier than flipping over. Maintain shifting the onions round periodically to verify they don’t burn. Take away from the warmth and take away the lemons from the pan onto a chopping board. Chop the half the lemons finely, preserving the remaining entire slices for garnish – they appear stunning.

Stir the shallots and chopped lemon by way of the lentils ensuring so as to add any remain-ing oil from the pan as a dressing. Add all of the freshly chopped herbs.

To grill the radicchio, lower every head in half after which in half once more lengthways by way of the basis. If you’re utilizing a bigger radicchio, you would possibly need to lower it in to six or 8 wedges as a substitute of 4.

Place the wedges on a plate or board and drizzle with olive oil and shrinking of salt on each side.

Warmth your griddle pan or frying pan on a excessive warmth till extremely popular. Rigorously place every wedge onto the recent floor and sear for a minute or two on either side till the perimeters are charred and starting to wilt a bit. Don’t crowd them within the pan or they may steam, so in case your pan just isn’t large enough (or your lettuces are on the bigger aspect) chances are you’ll want to do that in a couple of batches.

Take away the seared and scrumptious leaves from the pan and both add to the lentils, or place to at least one aspect till you might be able to construct and serve the dish.

When you’re able to eat, prime the lentils and radicchio with the remaining lemon slices and some extra chopped herbs for garnish when you like. This may be served heat or room temperature.

Hanna Geller of Constructing Feasts, buildingfeasts.com


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