Tri-Color Lentil Pilaf

Ingredients

Yield: 7¾ cups

 

Directions

1.    Rinse and sort through the lentils, removing any unwanted material.
2.    Place 2 c. chicken stock into each of 2 saucepots. Place 3 c. chicken stock into a third saucepot. Bring all 3 saucepots to a boil.
3.    Slowly add InHarvest Petite Crimson Lentils to the saucepot containing 3 c. chicken stock.
4.    Slowly add InHarvest Black Beluga Lentils to one of the saucepots containing 2 c. chicken stock.
5.    Slowly add InHarvest French Green Lentils to the remaining saucepot containing 2 c. chicken stock.
6.    Stir each saucepot well, cover each, and reduce each heat to simmer.
7.    Cook the crimson lentils until al dente, approximately 5 minutes. Reserve.
8.    Cook the black Beluga lentils and French green lentils until al dente, approximately 15 minutes. Reserve.
9.    In a large sauté pan or cast-iron skillet, render the bacon over medium-low heat until crispy, 5 to 6 minutes.
10.    Add the garlic to the pan and sauté for 1 minute.
11.    Add the onion to the pan and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
12.    Deglaze the pan with the white wine over medium heat and reduce the liquid by ½.
13.    Add the celery to the pan and let simmer for 3 minutes.
14.    Add the French green lentils and black Beluga lentils to the pan and mix well.
15.    Mix in the crimson lentils 1 c. at a time until the pilaf reaches the desired color (about 2 c.).
16.    Stir in the red bell pepper while bringing the pilaf to 140°F.
17.    Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Chef’s note: This dish can be made a day ahead, but store lentils separately from the vegetable mixture until ready to reheat and assemble.