Unfortunately this recipe was off to a bad start when I could
not find the French green lentils, known as lentils du Puy.
I was absolutely certain that Wegman's would carry them in
their international section, but the best I could find were organic
"green lentils" which looked exactly the same as the bag of Goya
lentils but cost twice the price. I have eaten lentils
du Puy before and they are much better tasting.
That said, cooking the lentils with the vegetables and clove were
really not to my taste. As a matter of fact, they were tasteless.
I cooked them the required minutes and discarded
the black liquid as Dorie states in the recipe, but they turned to
mush. Hubby and I enjoy lentils, I cook them often, but we
were not pleased with this recipe.
I baked the salmon as instructed and that was really delicious.
The combination of lentils and salmon is nice, however, if I had the
French lentils it would have turned out better.
I have had really good and really bad lentil dishes, so I was
curious to see where this one would land. And like mother, like daughter -
I failed to get the requisite green lentils as well. In Nana's defense,
she did talk me out of buying the split peas which were located next to
the standard lentils and looked oh so amazingly as though they would
pass for green lentils. When I called Nana from the "lentil aisle" she
talked me out of this madness.
As I prepped the recipe I did find that it seemed to be a bit tedious
in the number of steps, but that is usually directly related to how tired
I am at the time and how close I am to the Dorie deadline. But I will say
that by the time I had to fish the cooked veggies OUT of the lentil broth
to isolate them and chop them up.....I was beginning to wonder who
thought up this whole process in the first place.
Other than the number of dirty kitchen items involved, the results
were the next surprise. I expected my husband to be quite impressed
but he was disappointed in the lack of taste. Surprised even. He said he
could not believe how bland the dish tasted after the wonderful aroma.
Incredulous, he even added that with the amount of onion in the dish he
at least expected to taste that ingredient.
On the other spectrum, my younger son who had announced as he saw
the "Dorie ingredients" that he hated lentils...sat down and ate an entire plate.
I didn't dare question him while eating for fear of distracting him.
But I did ask him if he would like me to make it again and he said definitely.
I personally enjoyed the texture of the lentils with the salmon
and would consider revisiting this one. Especially since I have all this fresh
parsley left over because I forgot to use it......