French Lentils with Roasted Tomatoes

I am sorry I have been MIA lately.
Life takes over and aging parents and other issues take precedent to writing blog posts.

But I wanted to share this fantastic recipe with you all. It's a little time consuming, but it is worth it, and makes a few lunches for the week.

Since coming back from Paris (I hope you were able to access my pics on instagram) I am craving lentils.

Not just ordinary lentils, but "lentilles du Puy". Green/Blue French lentils from the Auvergne region.

In France, we eat a lot of them.

Lentil salads with amazing jambon (ham); pork stews over lentils and other comfort dishes served with those beautiful little things.

I love them, and when I return from my trip, I always stock up for the colder months......lentil soup season is coming!

Here, I cooked the lentils with some peeled garlic cloves, 2 bay leaves and thyme sprigs in 2 cups of chicken stock and 2 cups water for about 30 minutes (remember to rinse your lentils before cooking).

Discard the thyme and bay leaves, but be clever and mash the cooked garlic cloves into the will be glad you did.

I made roasted yellow & red plum tomatoes (cherry tomatoes are good too) from the farmers market (still able to get local tomatoes on October 15!!).

I used Ina's recipe for the tomatoes......some kosher salt, olive oil and a splash of balsamic (REMEMBER TO LINE YOUR SHEET PAN WITH FOIL, or you will be you can see, I forgot to!).

425F for about 30 minutes. You can make the roasted tomatoes ahead of time and keep on counter until ready to serve with the lentils.

Here is what sets this recipe apart from others. You top it with cottage cheese or sour cream mixed with HORSERADISH. Yes, you do.

I was skeptical, but trust me, it is delicious!

I brought home a gorgeous jar of my favorite Bornibus beet horseradish from France, and mixed a tbsp into the cottage cheese (I loved it with sour cream too).

Just layer the lentils with the roasted tomatoes and then some dollops of the horseradish cottage cheese.

Top with garlic breadcrumbs and garnish with parsley and chives if you like.

Even my meat eating husband loved this dish....he had no idea what was in it, and said how delicious it was.

Here is the full recipe from Food52.

You can order the real French lentils here, on amazon.

So good!


Carolyn said…
This looks so delicious!!! Thanks for the Amazon link! (My luggage is already going to be overloaded by the time I head home!) I think the sour cream and horseradish sound perfect. I don’t know about beet horseradish? Get it at Le Bon Marche???
Stacey Snacks said…
Oui Madame. I Purchased the beat horseradish at the grande epicerie. Unfortunately I only purchased one jar. I can’t seem to find it anywhere in the US. It’s the BEST.
Bebe said…
It looks as though the horseradish/beetroot by this French company is not available in the U.S. Amazon apparently has had it in the past but is saying now that it is unavailable, they don’t know when, etc., etc., if ever…. There are other brands that offer this combination, but….?

Somewhere in my archives i have a recipe for a great lentil soup….believe it was from Sunset magazine in the 60s? (First Ice Age to many!) Must find it!
Catherine said…
I’m in the UK and I cook those and add other oven roasted vegetables like peppers as well as tomatoes and add creme fraiche, so similar to what you do. I love horseradish so will try that. I tried to find those lentils when I was staying in La Jolla California but it was impossible. Are they easily available on the East Coast?
Bebe said…
The very same kind/brand Stacey used/recommended is offered by Amazon here:
Stacey Snacks said…
Yes, the Sabarot lentils are sold in a few NYC specialty stores...and even my local cheese shop sells that brand here in Summit, NJ.....but you can mail order them at amazon grocery. They are super cheap in France! ;)

The betterave et raefort (beet horseradish) is not available in the US, sad to say. I have found other Bornibus products here, like the mustard and pickles, but never the fig compote or the beet horseradish. I will just continue to stuff my luggage with jars!!

Stacey Snacks said…
If you click on the links in my post, I provide the link to the amazon grocery where you can purchase the lentils.

jdb4dog said…
Welcome back. After reading about your passion re:lentils and "just" trying them in Portugal (very embarrassing), I'm on my new passion. Thank you for easy instructions.
Welcome back. California Sue