Puy lentils with sausage (WTSIM…#14)

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recipe: Puy Lentils with Sausage

It snowed again yesterday afternoon. But I’m happy to say that even though the flakes were large and fluffy, they did NOT stay on the ground! Perhaps spring really is about to spring. :-) In the meantime, as it’s still rather chilly, Puy lentils are the perfect thing to get the blood flowing, as well as being just the dish for this month’s

Waiter, there's something in my... Waiter, there’s something in my… pulses!

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puy lentils These Puy lentils were made after watching Laura Calder’s “French Cooking at Home” on the Food Network (Canada). They may not look all that wonderful but trust me, the taste is fabulous.

We’ve often made Puy lentils in the past but Calder’s idea of cooking the lentils in chicken stock was new to us. We had to try it!

hazelnut oil Calder also suggested drizzling the lentils with walnut oil. We didn’t have any walnut oil so used roasted hazelnut oil instead. I’m sure the oil did lend some flavour but frankly, the delicate flavour of the roasted hazelnuts was pretty much lost. The stronger flavour of walnut oil is probably a better choice.

Here’s how we made the lentils:

Puy Lentils with Sausage
based on Laura Calder’s recipe for “Sausage and Lentils”; as usual, no measurements…

  • Puy lentils
  • chicken stock
  • olive oil
  • fresh sausage (we used bratwurst)
  • onion, sliced
  • seasalt and pepper
  • roasted hazelnut oil

preparation

  1. Sort and wash the lentils. Put them into a pot and just cover with chicken stock. DO NOT ADD SALT!! (If salt is added, the lentils won’t soften.) Bring to a boil and simmer covered about 20 minutes til al dente, yet soft and ready to eat. (Definitely not mushy but not crunchy either.).
  2. Heat olive oil in a frying pan. Brown the sausage well – we used a bratwurst from our brilliant Polish butcher.
  3. Add sliced onions to the sausage and saute until the onions are soft.
  4. Remove the sausages from the pan and slice them into coins. Add the onions and sausage to the hot lentils.
  5. Deglaze the frying pan with some stock (or water, or wine). Stir into the lentils. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Drizzle each bowl of lentils and sausage with hazelnut oil and serve with crusty bread and a vegetable. A salad would be good too….

puy lentils We served the lentils with steamed beets and broccoli dressed with sauteed fennel seeds and caramelized onions (I pretty much used this recipe). But I made a slight error in judgement and decided to add a bit of cream as well.

The taste was fine. More than fine. I must admit that the vegetables really do look pretty dreadful. But trust me, they were delicious!

We had planned to serve wild yeast focaccia. However, as I whined earlier this month, the dough didn’t rise and I used it to make chapatis instead.

Luckily, we didn’t have to scramble to the store to buy bread. One of the loaves I made for BBD#06 was still in the freezer. It took no time to thaw, reheat and recrisp. It was the perfect accompaniment for these lentils. Probably better than the focaccia would have been….

Waiter, there’s something in my… (WTSIM…)

Waiter, there's something in my... Jeanne (Cook Sister!) is hosting March’s WTSIM…. Our Puy lentils were cooking on the very day that she posted the theme of pulses. (Again I ask, does she have a hidden camera in our kitchen?!)

Here is what Jeanne wrote in her WTSIM… pulses! announcement:

[N]o, I haven’t confused a waiter with a nurse or a kitchen with a consulting room. This kind of pulse has nothing to do with be still my beating heart… […] [P]ulses (or legumes, if you will) are your friends, rain, wind or shine. Think beans, lentils and chickpeas. Think warming casseroles and colourful salads. In fact, there’s no weather that’s the wrong weather for pulses.

The deadline for WTSIM… pulses! is 28 March, 2008. If you would like to participate, please read the following for more information:

 
Chole (aka chenna, chickpeas, garbanzo beans)

On the day that we made paratha from failed focaccia dough (the day after making chapati), after years of my wheedling, T threw together the most brilliant chole (chickpea curry) to serve with rice. Because it was a last minute decision, he used canned chickpeas and no recipe – as usual. We HAVE dried chickpeas and next time, because there will be several next times, we’ll presoak dried chickpeas and cook them. I’ll watch like a hawk to see exactly what he does so that I can post his recipe.

If I had thought to take a photo of the chole, I would have posted about the chole for WTSIM… pulses!. But alas, there is no photo. Not even a photo of the empty bowls. It was so good that we licked them clean. Remind us to have it again soon.

edit 9 April 2008:

Jeanne has posted the WTSIM… pulses! roundup:

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  • Paz

    Oh my! It’s still snowing?

    I like the idea of the lentils and sausage. Especially perfect for your snowy weather, I think. ;-)

    Paz

    edit 31 March 2008: I’m happy to say that the snow appears to have stopped at last. It rained today and now we can even see parts of the front lawn!! Spring at last; spring at last. :-) (Lentils and sausage are perfect for rainy weather too) -ejm

  • This would have been perfect here in London today – it SNOWED most of the day!! Clearly, nobody told the weatherman that it’s actually Spring and that the tulips don’t appreciate a blanket of snow…! The lentils and sausage look fab – and I always cook my lentils in chicken stock! In fact, my standard decipe is very similar but with mushrooms instead of sausage and chunks of feta cheese to finish. Yum! Thanks for taking part in WTSIM :)

  • ejm

    I feel your pain, Jeanne! It is completely wrong for snow to fall after Easter. I hope you have written to your weather office and complained. The tulips should be okay with a little snow. They’re pretty hardy.

    Mushrooms and lentils sounds very good. I’ve never been a huge fan of Feta cheese but this might be the perfect thing to make me change my mind.

  • I absolutely didn’t notice until you mentioned it, Elizabeth! My goodness, I still can’t believe we made the same thing for WTSIM! But that proves what a delicious dish it is!

    Yeah, I’m not big on boiling sausages, although I’m sure its the leaner option as all the fat would be leached out into the water, I suppose!

    And I’m sure if I really looked hard I could probably find Puy lentils somewhere… They just don’t carry them at my grocery store or at the épicerie fine near my house. I suppose I’ll have to venture out to Jean-Talon Market eventually. Although I loved Laura’s suggestions to cook them with chicken broth. It made them amazingly flavourful!

    And I hadn’t seen Béchamel Creations but I have to try that – great tip!!

    Jessica

  • Y

    Sausages and Lentils.. Yum! Might not be the most photogenic combination ever, but it sure does sound good :)