Lentils with Pancetta and Shallots

Ahh, the magic of “I forgot to think up a side dish” and suddenly it’s time for the return of the bowl of gloop! Well, these are lentilles du Puy, so not so gloopy. Still a bowl of food that doesn’t look very appetizing and tastes delicious, though. These aren’t vegetarian, though one could probably make them so with a great deal more shallot; I would have loved to have a sprig of rosemary to poke in with the thyme and bay, but I didn’t, so these are rosemary-less, though yours should not be. This was overall a pretty simple preparation. It could serve as a main course for two, maybe with a crunchy salad and some bread; these guys are fairly filling. My roommate expressed doubt regarding their possible deliciousness but ate his right up once he tasted them!

Lentils with Pancetta and Shallots, adapted very loosely from Alton Brown

1/4 lb. pancetta, cubed
1 large shallot, minced
1 lb. lentilles du Puy
1 small onion, halved and peeled
3 cloves garlic, halved
3 sprigs thyme
1 bay leaf
1 sprig rosemary
1 tsp. salt plus more to taste
3-4 c. low sodium vegetable broth
pepper to taste

In a large saucepan, cook the pancetta over medium heat. When it’s about halfway done, add the shallot, stirring until the pancetta is crisp and the shallot is brown around the edges. Set the shallot and pancetta aside (and — this is the hardest part — don’t eat it all). Add the lentils, onion, garlic, thyme, bay, rosemary and salt to the pot, along with 3 cups of the veg broth. Bring it to a boil, drop the heat and let it simmer until the lentils are done, about 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding more broth as necessary. When the lentils are tender, drain out any remaining stock, fish out the onion, garlic, thyme, bay and rosemary, and mix in the pancetta and shallot. Serve, nom, marvel!


~ by iliadawry on 13 August 2012.

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