March 24, 2011

Roasted chestnuts with lentils and goat cheese


I may have mentioned it before, but I quite like cooking just for myself when I'm alone at home. I think it can be almost liberating to cook just for yourself, to treat yourself when you're alone at home and make that one dish seem so special. You can spoil yourself with ingredients you wouldn't normally get and let your imagination go wild. I love it! 

I knew I was in for a treat when I saw these gorgeous chestnuts at my local green grocer. I was craving for lentils so I decided to make a simple dish with French lentils, vinaigrette, roasted chestnuts and soft goat cheese. This dish pretty much sums up some of my all time favourite ingredients. Perfect treat to be enjoyed just by myself :-)


 Roasted chestnuts with lentils and goat cheese
(serves 1-2)

5-10 chestnuts

1/2 cup French lentils
1,5 cups water

{vinaigrette}
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tsp walnut oil
pinch of sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
soft goat cheese, to serve

Preheat your oven to 200C. Rinse and dry the chestnuts and cut a small slit in the skin of each nut. Place them on a roasting tray and roast for about 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and peel off the skins as soon as you can (although be careful as they are hot!). Cut some up roughly, leaving some whole or thinly sliced. Set the chestnuts aside.

Rinse the lentils and place in a small saucepan with the water. Bring to boil, then let simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain off the excess water then place back in the saucepan.

Mix together the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Pour the mixture into the saucepan with the lentils and mix through. Add the chestnuts and the parsley and spoon into a bowl. Top with soft goat cheese before serving.




41 comments:

  1. Alas the chestnut season is over in Europe. Perhaps I can find some decent vac-packed ones to try this out! :-)

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  2. What an original combination! I like all those ingredients. Wonderful!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. You are the opposite of me. I hate cooking for myself. When I am alone I usually have something easy like a salad. But love the chestnut concept, living in asia you could get chestnuts on street stands and I loved.

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  4. I absolutely love the flavor of roasted chestnuts AND lentils AND goat cheese. When am I going to find the time to try all these amazing recipes? Oh and I joined Honest Cooking too! I'm so excited.

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  5. I love cooking food for only me! I tend to make much healthier stuff than when cooking for the whole family. Your dish looks wonderful--just right for this time of year.

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  6. I looove chestnuts and this combination sounds just great! And I work at home, so I'm quite used to pamper myself for lunch... lol.

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  7. I still have yet to ever eat a chestnut, but you are doing everything possible to convince me. This looks so good.

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  8. Looks awesome.I love lentils any way.

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  9. For a vegetarian dish, there is something so luxurious and sinful looking about this! YUMMY!!!
    *kisses* HH

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  10. Chestnut, goat cheese and lentils is such a delightful combination. your photographs just make me happy.

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  11. Mielenkiintoinen ohje! En ole kauheasti kastanjoihin syönyt,vaikka nytkin on paahdetuista kastanjoista tekemääni pureeta pakkasessa...Linssien ja vuohenjuuston kanssa kuulostaa hyvältä!

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  12. What a fun idea...too bad chestnuts are just so hard to find!

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  13. it's such a gorgeous and unexpected combination. where do you find the chestnuts in Sydney at the moment?
    Love the photography too ;-)

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  14. Yummy!!! I love chestnuts and lentils...put them together and this is one meal I have to make! Mmmm...I just have to find some chestnuts now, can't wait to give it a try! :)

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  15. This looks really delightful, I have never roasted chestnuts before.

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  16. im not a fan of chestnuts but this looks really nice!

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  17. I only really started eating chestnuts when I was in Paris last year and fell in love with them immediately!

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  18. Oooh this looks so good, I have to try it! I regret not trying the chestnuts when we were in Paris! I have a can of chestnut puree, any suggestions? Nice blog btw, following :D

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  19. Loved the combination. Looks delicious to me!

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  20. Maria, those chestnuts look absolutely gorgeous. As usual, you've surprised me by combining this with lentils and goat cheese.

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  21. I am so totally with you on cooking for yourself. That way, u can pretty much throw in anything and everything you fancy without worrying anyone wrinkling their noses to. The chestnuts in these look gorgeous, and your pics are amazing!

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  22. I don't think I have ever, ever in my entire life cooked just for myself. Yeesh, I've not thought of that before you mentioned it. It would be very nice to cook exactly what I wanted instead of worrying about what everyone will eat graciously.
    Honestly, I am truly in love with this recipe.
    I get sooooo excited when I find new lentil recipes that have other ingredients I know I will love.
    Thank you so much for sharing and for your lovely blog.

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  23. It's nice to sometimes cook for yourself, and then you can use ingredients that your other half don't like :)

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  24. I've made lentil salad frequently with goat cheese, but never chestnuts as an addition. I bet that would go wonderfully well. Yum!

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  25. What a refreshing and healthy treat! And if I have to cook for myself its always ready made..kudos to your patience ;)

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  26. What a perfect dish, I adore chestnuts and look for any excuse to use in them in my meals!

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  27. I love lentils and goat cheese, this salad must taste soooo good!!

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  28. Wow this looks amazing. I will be trying this asap! Merci for the recipe and the gorgeous photos! - Erica

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  29. Yum, I just bought a bunch of chestnuts myself, aren't they beautiful? Thanks for sharing your roasting technique, I have a recipe in mind but I've never had chestnut before, so I wasn't sure how to go about roasting them properly.

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  30. yum! love lentils and goat cheese. one of my favorite salads

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  31. This is superb! I've seen chestnuts in the local market but have not bought it before, lack of inspiration until now! How I'd love to try the minute I lay my hands on some :)

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  32. I love lentils and goat cheese and I bet the roasted chestnuts give this the most fantastic flavor! I need to get my hands on some chestnuts :)

    Sues

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  33. Chestnuts are the best thing about winter! I love how you've combined this with lentils and livened it with goats cheese too.

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  34. What a lovely and delicious solo meal, Maria. Your photos are, as usual, spectacular. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  35. Lentils and goat cheese. Never tried.
    Lentils and chestnuts. Never tried.
    Chestnuts and goat cheese. Never tried.
    Brilliant!!!
    Wonderful!!!
    Mouth watering!!!
    I love your blog!!!

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  36. I miss munching on roasted chestnuts! You have created another "uniquely-yours" dish!

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  37. I've never made anything with chestnuts- what a great idea!

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  38. This lentils sound excellent with chestnuts and goat cheese!

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  39. Yum, lentils salad! I have been crazy about lentils lately. If it's not for the fact that they make me farty, I'd probably eat them everyday! Bookmarked*

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  40. Marianna @capetownbymouth5 May 2011 18:13

    Yum... chestnut season is still on in SA. Love the variety of dishes that you have used them in. Will give this a try!

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