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
- 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
- Brown your sausages in a little olive oil
- Once browned, remove sausages from heat and cut into bite size pieces. Leave to one side
- Pop the cut bacon, onion and garlic into a saucepan on medium heat.
- Once the onion is translucent - add the bay leaf and dried thyme, followed by the mushrooms.
- Fry for a couple of minutes before adding the red wine. Bring to the boil.
- Add your lentils followed by the bacon etc and stock.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Ah voila! a yummy, comforting lentil & sausage scrummyness!