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Sausage and Puy Lentil Casserole

Who on earth doesn't like sausages? They are a serious weakness of mine. I know that some people have a problem with the horrid pink 'sausages' that contain very little meat and that is absolutely understandable, but with most good butchers and supermarkets now selling their own good quality sausages there is no reason not to give them a second chance. This recipe came from the Sainsbury's Magazine some years ago. I've made it on countless occasions and it never let's me down.

Sausage & Puy Lentil Casserole

Sausage & Puy Lentil Casserole

Sausage & Puy Lentil Casserole again

Sausage & Puy Lentil Casserole again

Ingredients

  • 2 x 454g packs of good quality pork sausages
  • 275g Puy lentils
  • 1 x 130g pack diced pancetta
  • 4 shallots, finely chopped
  • 6-8 sprigs thyme
  • 2 x 425g tins beef consommé with sherry
  • 4 tbsps crème fraiche

Method

  • This recipe can be finished in the oven or cooked on the hob and feeds approximately 6 people.
  • Fry the pancetta in a flameproof casserole or frying pan. There is no oil required as the pancetta will give off enough for frying the shallots and sausages. Remove the pancetta from the fat, drain and set aside.
  • Add the sausages to the casserole or frying pan and brown all over as evenly as you can. Remove from the pan and set aside with the pancetta.
  • Soften the shallots in the remaining fat for 2-3 minutes, then add the lentils to the shallots stirring them to coat with the oil.
  • Return the pancetta and sausages to the pan or casserole, add the thyme and pour in the 2 cans of consommé. Bring up to the boil and the turn the heat down so that the casserole simmers on the hob for about 35 minutes. Alternatively, at this point you can place the casserole in the oven for 40-45 minutes. Leave the lid off either way.
  • When the casserole is done, stir in the crème fraiche and serve.

Bilby Boost

  • You can also use flavoured sausages, but nothing too fancy. I would suggest Toulouse sausages or something similar, but avoid anything with Asian spices such as coriander as this might be a little strange.
  • Tinned beef consommé with sherry is fairly easy to find in most supermarkets, but the Waitrose version is my favourite.
  • This can be served with either a green salad or steamed vegetables of your choice.