You’ve perfect your Lentejas with a smoky chorizo flavor that is full of protein and delicious nutrients that we need to keep us going throughout the day.
Traditionally, Lentejas is enjoyed in the Spanish early afternoon before everyone relaxes for their siesta.
However, as our American temperatures rarely reach the same kind of highs as Spain in the afternoon, we are not rewarded with a midday nap.
We get to enjoy Lentejas whenever we want, preferably as a delicious, filling lunch.
The Spanish lentil soup is light but filled with rich flavors that will have you cooking in batches.
But what side dishes go best with Lentejas? We have put together this list of the best Lentejas side dishes and the ingredients you need to make them. Keep reading to find out more.
This delicious, crunchy side dish paired with your comforting lentejas is sure to keep you warm throughout the colder months of winter.
The ideal winter comfort food is red wine- and Spanish spice-braised lentils with spicy chorizo sausage, served with crusty bread and melting Manchego cheese.
Perfect for feeding the family on a tighter budget or to store in the freezer for a quick, delicious, filling meal throughout the week.
We highly recommend toasting your crusty bread on a hot pan, placing your cheese on top and melting in the oven.
Then as you are eating, dip your cheesing bread into your flavorful soup for the perfect bite.
Manchego Toast Ingredients
- 1 Whole Grain Rustic Break
- 4 Tablespoons Softened Butter
- 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
- 1.5 to 2 Cups Grated Young Manchego Cheese
Homemade Naan Bread
This may not be traditionally Spanish, however, a fluffy homemade naan bread paired with the rich, smoky flavors of lentejas is something worth experimenting with.
And you can add your own special touch.
This recipe makes chewy, frothy, pillowy bread that is much simpler to make than you may imagine.
Despite the need to give the dough some time to rise, it will only take a half-hour of active time.
You can even go a little further and create grilled cheese sandwiches out of your naan bread to be dipped into your Spanish lentil soup.
However, we recommend saving that for a creamy tomato soup.
If you find that you won’t have the time to make your delicious naan breads throughout the week, cook them in advance and store them in the fridge overnight.
We promise they will be just as fluffy and soft with even more flavor.
Naan Bread Ingredients
- 1 Tablespoon Instant/ Rapid Rise Yeast
- ½ Cup Warm Water
- 1 Tablespoon White Sugar
- 2 Tablespoon Milk
- 1.5 Tablespoon Whisked egg
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- 1 ¾ Cup Bread Flour
- 2 Tablespoon Ghee or Unsalted Butter
- 2 Tablespoon Ghee Or Melted Butter
- 1 Garlic Clove
- Nigella Seeds
Cilantro Lime Rice
Rice and soup together is an extremely satisfying, extremely filling combination.
Keep your winter lunch full of color with this cilantro lime rice recipe.
While you can easily opt for some plain rice to accompany your Lentejas, we highly recommend trying out this recipe.
Got some left over? Store in the fridge for the next time when you make an aromatic curry.
While the Lentejas offer rich beefy flavors that are delicious all on their own, this rice recipe adds notes of citrus that bring your meal to another level.
As you start creating this refreshing side dish, you even switch things up and add in extra spices or ingredients to make the dish your own.
- 200g Rice
- 300ml Water
- Fresh Lime
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Handful Chopped Cilantro
- Spring Onion/ Red Onion
Spanish Croquetas De Jamon Serrano
If you are looking to stick to a Spanish theme then these delicious bite sized Spanish Croquetas are perfect.
Filled with creamy potato and small chunks of cooked ham. Perfection.
You will often find these ham croquettes on the tapas menu of any Spanish restaurant, however, dipping one into your Lentejas is sure to bring an explosion of flavor.
In only 30 minutes you can have deep fried pockets of goodness.
This recipe is simple to make and is sure to impress everyone who tries one.
Serve on a small bed of aioli for a gorgeous blend of flavors that no one can resist.
- 4 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
- ¼ Cup Olive Oil
- 1 Scant Cup Flour
- 1 Medium Onion
- ¼ Gallon Whole Milk
- 1 Pinch Nutmeg
- ½ Pound Jamon Serrano
- 2 Beaten Eggs
Khobz (Moroccan Flatbread)
Traditional Moroccan bread known as khobz is typically eaten with a variety of soups.
It is finest when cut into large wedges since it has a dense core and a crusty exterior.
As you create your Khobz and Lentejas you may notice a blend of spices and aromatics that blend together and make your kitchen smell delicious.
As it is customary to eat with your eats in Moroccan culture this flatbread is perfect with a crusty exterior and a fluffy, doughy interior.
Perfect for dipping in soup without falling apart.
We highly recommend opening your Khobz and spooning in your lentils, veggies, and meats to create a sort of sandwich before eating.
The mix of textures and flavors are sure to make this simple yet outstanding dish a staple in your home.
While you may find Khobz in some oriental grocery stores, Khobz is a home baking dish that we highly recommend you try before going to the store.
- 4 Cups White Bread Flour
- 2 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Teaspoon Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Yeast
- 2 Tablespoon Oil
- 1 ¼ Cups Warm Water
Often found on a tapas menu, Patatas Bravas is a traditional Spanish dish of fried potatoes with either a tomato or white creamy sauce.
Now, you may not find this to be a soup side dish but just try it.
Warm soup paired with delicious, crunchy potatoes is sure to keep you feeling full and make you fall in love with all of the flavors.
There are many variations of this dish, this recipe focuses on traditional Spanish patatas bravas with a spicy tomato sauce.
Even the little ones will dig in without complaint.
- 4 Medium Potatoes
- 1-2 Cups Olive oil
- ½ Cup Bravas Sauce
Enjoying food from different cultures is one of the best things of having taste buds. And you don’t have to leave your kitchen to do so.
Once you have perfect the rich, hearty flavors of lentejas, you may be ready to move on to side dishes.
Whether you prefer a crusty bread topped with creamy cheese or the delicious bite of cilantro lime rice. You can make your soup even better.
Each side dish is simple to make, all they need is your love and attention.
Try your hand and make the perfect Moroccan flatbread to fill with your soup or dip in a soft, fully naan bread to really soak up all those flavors.
No matter what you pair with your lentejas, it sure to be delicious and loved by everyone who has the chance to try it.
Don;t forget to store in the freezer for a quick, simple meal throughout the week.