Comfort Food - Sausage and Lentils Stew

I bought a bunch of "spicy italian" sausages yesterday at the supermarket, and I was in a little bind as what to do with them, as unfortunately I do not have a barbecue. So I asked one of my co-workers, who is of French descent, what I should do with these sausages. After unhelpfully recommending I barbecue them, he suggested that I make "Saucisses aux lentilles". Now I'm not a big fan of lentils, but he made it sound really good, so I promised I'd try. I did, and if I hadn't, I would have made a horrible, horrible mistake. It was one of the fastest, simplest, easiest and tastiest dishes I've ever made. Now I know I'm making a tall claim, but read the ingredients:

  • 4 raw sausages (I used "spicy italian", but I gather any will do. They MUST be uncooked).
  • 2 onions
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cans of green lentils (they are actually brown)
  • 1 piece of lard (very optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Dice the onions and fry them in a large pot with a little olive oil. As they are frying, cut up the sausages in bite-size pieces, and then add them to the onions. Cook a few minutes until the bits of sausage are browned on the outside, then add the lentils, bay leaf and piece of lard. The lard is entirely optional and is there only for taste, unless you like chewing pure, gristly fat. I don"t. Go easy on the salt, especially if you put lard in. I recommend adding salt to taste on your own plate, because it could easily get too salty. So, carrying on. Add about half a cup of water, wait until it reaches boiling, then cover and reduce heat. Let simmer for about 30 minutes until the sausage is cooked and voila, you have a simple, delicious and hearty meal. I used 4 sausages, which each contain 41% of the recommended daily fat intake, so this is not what the doctor ordered, but it is a GREAT winter food.

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