Friday, December 4, 2009

Lentils with Lemon and Swiss Chard

I have not made this but it sure looks good. Nice twist to chard. Thanks Good Food.

1 1/ 2 cups green or brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
5 large Swiss chard leaves, washed well, dried, stems removed and sliced into thin strips cross-wise
2 Tablespoons tablespoons mashed garlic (about 8 large garlic cloves)
3/4 cup finely cup finely chopped fresh coriander (cilantro; leaves from about 1 to 2 bunches)
1 cup water cup water
1 Tablespoon tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 Tablespoons tablespoons pomegranate molasses (available in Middle Eastern markets and many supermarkets)

1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil and cook the lentils until tender, 20 to 45 minutes; check often because the cooking time varies depending on the age of the lentils. Drain and set aside.
2. In a medium-size nonreactive skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat, then cook the Swiss chard until it wilts, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove and drain off any liquid. Set aside.
3. In the same skillet, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and coriander and cook until sizzling, about 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to medium, add the Swiss chard, drained lentils, and water, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the lemon juice and pomegranate molasses and continue cooking until the lentils look mushy, about another 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle a small amount of olive oil over it before serving.

From Clifford A. Wright.

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