French Lentils Recipe with Sage Brown Butter
In this hearty French lentils recipe with sage brown butter, French (du Puy) lentils are combined with sage infused brown butter, tossed in a maple-Dijon vinaigrette, and served up warm in a baked winter squash, garnished with crunchy toasted walnuts.
French lentils are small and green, and grown in the Puy region of France. They differ from more common brown lentils, as they retain their shape better when cooked, and contain less starch. Lentils are rich in minerals, protein, and fiber, and are a delicious ingredient to have in your pantry for plant-based main dishes like this one.
Serve French lentils with sage brown butter on their own, over cooked or raw greens, or in winter squash halves, as shown in the recipe below. Turkish-style Carrot Salad with Minty Yogurt Dressing would also make a nice accompaniment.
Earthy sage is infused into brown butter for a hearty vegetarian dish that can serve as a side or a main course.
- 1 cup French lentils (also known as du Puy lentils)
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 Tablespoons roughly chopped sage
- 2 Tablespoons minced fresh thyme
- 3 scallions chopped
- 1/3 cup golden raisins (sultanas)
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 Tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dark amber maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt (or to taste)
- 1/4 cup walnuts toasted
- 3 mini cooked acorn squash (optional)
Combine lentils, bay leaf, water, and salt in a medium pot. Bring to boil, turn down to a simmer, and cover, cooking until lentils are soft, about 45 minutes. Drain off any excess liquid.
Melt butter over medium high heat in a saute pan. When butter starts to turn a golden tan color, add sage, thyme, scallions, and golden raisins, and cook for two more minutes. Pour over warm lentils.
Add olive oil, vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, and salt to lentils and stir to combine. Serve warm lentils in cooked squash halves, or over a bed of greens, or on their own. Garnish with toasted walnuts.