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comforting lentil & sausage scrummyness!

lentil and sausage casserole

So, I know it is the wrong time of year and all but sometimes. Just sometimes. We need a little bit of comfort food, even if the sun is splitting the trees!

Oh, and I live in Ireland. It’s very seldom all that warm here. And the evenings are almost always a little chilly. I would curse it, but I love the rich green grass too much…

Lentils make me happy and warm. Not so much the orange ones, but the little dark ones. Puy Lentils. I love you guys ♥ This dish is quick enough to throw together and a lovely mix of flavours. It’s a warm bowl of smokey comfortness!

Comforting lentil & sausage scrummyness

Puy Lentil & Sausage Comfort Bowl

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Ingredients

  • 12 sausages ( your own favourites, the dish can be complimented by most yummy varieties - I used some sausages I was given by http://www.oldfarm.ie/ and they where scrummy )
  • 6 rashers of streaky smoked bacon - cut into thin strips
  • 250g big mushrooms ( little ones would do too )
  • 300g puy lentils
  • 220ml red wine
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • olive oil
  • 1 onion - finely slice
  • 2 garlic cloves - crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 table spoon of dried thyme ( is using fresh, double quantity )
  • fresh parsley to garnish
  • salt & pepper to season

Method

  1. Brown your sausages in a little olive oil
  2. Once browned, remove sausages from heat and cut into bite size pieces. Leave to one side
  3. Pop the cut bacon, onion and garlic into a saucepan on medium heat.
  4. Once the onion is translucent - add the bay leaf and dried thyme, followed by the mushrooms.
  5. Fry for a couple of minutes before adding the red wine. Bring to the boil.
  6. Add your lentils followed by the bacon etc and stock.
  7. Simmer uncovered for approx 30 minutes. You need to keep an eye on this part - keep checking it doesnt boil dry. You may need to add a little extra stock - sometimes I do, sometimes I dont! I think the best way to describe the consistency you are going for is a slightly wet risotto.
  8. Add the chopped up sausages from earlier, back into the pot, and cook for a further 10 minutes. Making sure to ensure the sausages are cooked through.
  9. Get your lovely parsley ready - i am lucky enough to have some in the top garden. You don't need to add the parsley - but i like the addition of something green and fresh!
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Ah voila! a yummy, comforting lentil & sausage scrummyness!

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