If you’re looking for an interesting side dish for the holidays here is a gem.
1 1/2 Pounds Trimmed & Halved Brussels Sprouts
4 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard
Freshly Ground Pepper
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Lentils
5 Sliced Shallots
2 Tablespoons Chopped Italian Parsley
There are numerous varieties of lentils. For this salad it is best to use the small dark green ones because they hold their shape when cooking.
Pour 3 cups of cold water into a small size saucepan and then add the lentils. Turn the heat up to a medium heat and bring to a boil. Cook for 25 minutes until tender. Remove from the heat and drain. Rinse under cold water and set aside. In a small size bowl combine the vinegar, mustard, kosher salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Whisk to combine and set aside. In a large size pan add 3 cups of cold water and 1 tablespoon of salt. Trim and halve the Brussels sprouts. Bring the water to a boil and add the Brussels sprouts. Boil the sprouts for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove the sprouts from the boiling water and place into a medium size bowl. Set aside. In a large size sauté pan add the butter and remaining olive oil. Turn the heat up to high. Add the shallots and cook for 4 minutes until browned. Stir occasionally. Add the sprouts and sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper. Cook for 6 minutes until golden. Stir in the chopped parsley and lentils and cook 1 more minute. Remove from the heat and place into a serving bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the mixture and lightly toss. Serves 6