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Wine Braised Lentils Over Toast With Spinach and Red Pearl Onions

Wine Braised Lentils Over Toast With Spinach and Red Pearl Onions
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  • 3/4 cup
    French green or black “caviar” lentils, cleaned and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup
    each, diced: onion, carrot, and celery
  • 4 teaspoons
    olive oil
  • 2 cloves
    garlic, 1 crushed, 1 halved
  • 1 tablespoon
    tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups
    dry red wine
  • 1 teaspoon
    prepared mustard
  • 12 small
    red pearl onions
  • 1 tablespoon
    butter or walnut oil, to taste
  • 4 slices
    sturdy country bread
  • 1 bunch
    spinach or other greens, such as Tuscan kale, leaves only, washed
    sea salt and pepper
  1. Parboil the lentils for 5 minutes and drain.
  2. Heat one tablespoon of the oil in a 2 or 3-quart saucepan. Add the diced vegetables and cook over medium-high heat for several minutes, browning them a bit. Add the crushed garlic, mash the tomato paste into the vegetables, then pour in the wine and stir in the mustard. Add 1 1/2 cups water, the drained lentils, and 1 teaspoon salt. Simmer, covered, until the lentils are tender, 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. While the lentils are cooking, blanch the pearl onions in boiling water for 1 minute, then drain. Peel off the outer layer, then put them in a pan with the rest of the olive oil and cook over medium heat, sliding them in the pan now and then, until tender and beginning to color. Add a splash of wine or water towards the end and deglaze the pan. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Wilt the spinach in a skillet using the water clinging to its leaves, season with salt and pepper. (Tuscan kale will take about 7 minutes.) Stir the cooked greens into the lentils, add a tablespoon of butter or the walnut oil, taste again and season with salt, if needed, and pepper.
  5. Make the toast and rub it with garlic. Cut each piece in thirds and arrange them on the plates. Spoon the lentils over the toast and garnish with the onions.
Nutritional Information

Makes: 8 servings
  • Calories220
  • Carbohydrates29 g
  • Cholesterol4 mg
  • Fat4.8 gs
    • Saturated fat1.5 g
  • Sodium71 mg
  • Protein8 g
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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