Serious Eats: Recipes
Dinner Tonight: Braised Lentils with Winter Greens and a Fried Egg
The weather in Chicago has been absurdly cold the last week or so, with consistent below-average temperatures threatening winter before we've even seen the leaves change. My usual instinct is to respond with cooking that suits the temperature. If I don't want it to be this cold, then at least I can eat food that tastes best when it is this cold.
And so I turned (again) to a recipe from Last Night's Dinner, an informal little dish that's as comforting as an "old worn out sweater." Simple lentils with shallot and red wine, a pile of braised winter greens, and a fried egg on top. It's tasty, full of vitamins, and very easy to make.
I immediately thought back to something I cooked in April, a lentil salad with fresh wilted baby spinach. The flavors here are deeper, and winter greens are the star -- any kind of chard works well, or something sturdier like kale, mustard greens, or collards.