Crispy Black Lentils with Asparagus, Jamon Serrano, and Crème Fraîche Mustard Sauce

Crispy Black Lentils with Asparagus, Jamon Serrano, and Crème Fraîche Mustard Sauce
Crispy Black Lentils with Asparagus, Jamon Serrano, and Crème Fraîche Mustard Sauce | http://saltandwind.com The ultimate souvenir recipe, this recipe is a nod to a restaurant that's not around any longer. When I first graduated from college, I moved back ...
Cuisine
Ingredients
10
Hands-On Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Yield
5
Servings
5
Crispy Black Lentils with Asparagus, Jamon Serrano, and Crème Fraîche Mustard Sauce | http://saltandwind.com
Skill
Beginner
Course
Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Main, Snack
Cuisine
American, Spanish
Ingredients
10
Hands-On Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Yield
5
Servings
5
Crispy Black Lentils with Asparagus, Jamon Serrano, and Crème Fraîche Mustard Sauce | http://saltandwind.com

The ultimate souvenir recipe, this recipe is a nod to a restaurant that's not around any longer. When I first graduated from college, I moved back to my hometown of Los Angeles and into an apartment with my older sister. We'd frequent this hole-in-a-wall BYOB tapas place that had a cool-kids-meet-Barcelona vibe and the menu—modern takes on classic tapas and lots of Rioja—channeled Spain almost as well as Vicky Christina Barcelona. The one thing I always think about is their crispy lentils with jamon—here I've added in some asparagus and a mustard sauce for a super simple Spring dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup black beluga lentils
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

    plus more for drizzling on the asparagus

  • kosher salt and Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch pencil-thin asparagus

    woody ends trimmed 

  • 4 paper-thin slices Serrano ham

    or prosciutto

  • 1/3 cup crème fraîche
  • 3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

Rinse the lentils then pick out any debris. Place the lentils in a small saucepan and add the broth or water, garlic, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. (Keep adding water as needed to make sure the lentils are just barely covered). Remove lentils from heat and add a big pinch of salt then drain. If you want them crisp, toss the lentils with additional oil, then add to the rimmed baking sheet to roast along with the asparagus.

Meanwhile, heat an oven to 450°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Place asparagus on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Add the thin slice of prosciutto or ham and roast until ham is crisp and asparagus is knife tender, 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness. 

For the sauce, mix together crème fraîche, whole grain mustard, and lemon juice. Add a pinch of salt and some freshly ground black pepper then whisk until smooth. If needed, add some water until the sauce has the consistency of melted ice cream. Arrange the lentils and asparagus on a serving plate, top with the crisp ham, drizzle with the sauce and serve. 

Footnotes

Food styling and photography by Aida Mollenkamp

This story is sponsored by North American Pulses but all content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting these posts, which allow us to keep Salt & Wind up and running.

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