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Author Notes: Inspired by Balthazar in NYC, salmon is crusted with mustard and breadcrumbs and simply seared, then served over a bed of lentils simmered with carrots, celery, onion and bacon. It's an incredibly simple dish, difficult to mess up, but because it's a classic bistro dish, it has glamour, mystique. A certain je ne sais quoi. —Borrowed Salt
- 1 cup lentils (ideally de Puy)
- 2 slices bacon, diced
- 3 sprigs thyme
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1 celery stalk, diced
- 1 dash white pepper
- 4 salmon filets
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 4 teaspoons breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons olive or grapeseed oil
- Combine lentils and 4 cups cold water in saucepan. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes.
- In another saucepan, sauté bacon and thyme over medium heat about 2 minutes. Add onion, garlic and salt and cook for 5 minutes until onion is translucent. Add butter, carrots, celery, pepper and 1 cup / 235 mL water and cook for 5 more minutes.
- Drain lentils and add to the bacon-veg mixture. Simmer lightly for another 5-10 minutes and lentils are very tender.
- Preheat oven to 500F / 260C. Season salmon on both sides. On the rounded side of each filet, spread about 2 Tbs mustard, then press in 1 tsp breadcrumbs to form a crust.
- Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. When oil is shimmering hot, add the salmon, mustard-side down. Lower heat to medium. Sear for 2 minutes, then carefully flip and sear 1 minute more. When flipping, take care to keep the crust from breaking off the fish. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for 3-4 minutes more, depending on size of salmon.
- Serve salmon over a bed of lentils. A simple green salad dressed with a mustard shallot vinaigrette would be a great pairing for a meal.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Mustard
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