I saw this recipe on Saturday’s Kitchen on BBC. They showed some footage from Rick Stein’s Spain. He does some really tasty looking dishes on that programme. I couldn’t find pimentón so I just used smoked paprika instead, not sure how different the flavour would be. I served it with some pan fried haddock and baby potatoes.
- 225g/8oz green-brown lentils, such as pardina
- 6 tbsp olive oil
- 1 head garlic, cloves peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 200g/7oz carrot, finely chopped
- 100g/3½oz thinly sliced Serrano ham, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp pimentón dulce (smoked sweet Spanish paprika)
- 2 large vine-ripened tomatoes, skinned, chopped
- 125ml/4fl oz dry white wine
- 1 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Check over the lentils for any little stones, then rinse in cold water. Tip them into a saucepan, add enough cold water to cover them by 5cm/2in and bring to the boil over a high heat. Reduce the heat
- and leave them to simmer for about 30 minutes or until just tender but still a little al dente. Drain, reserving the cooking liquid, and set to one side.
- Put the olive oil, garlic, onion and carrot in a wide, shallow pan over a medium heat and cook gently for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and just beginning to colour. Add the Serrano ham and fry for another 5-6 minutes.
- Stir in the pimentón, tomatoes and wine and simmer for 5-6 minutes or until the mixture cooks down into a thick sauce.
- Stir the lentils into the sauce with 150ml/5fl oz of the reserved cooking liquid, the chopped parsley, 1½ teaspoons of salt and some pepper. Simmer for a further 5-6 minutes.