It has been a while since I posted a recipe, it’s been a while since I had time to play in the kitchen. I do not enjoy lentils but they are so nutritious and although not grown here they are commonly used. I decided to try to make they palatable to me; I succeeded.
I created this as a way to make a tasty lentil stew with mostly local fresh ingredients.
1 medium onion diced
1 large carrot diced
3 stalks of celery diced
1 Tbs Sunflower or other high smoke point oil
1 pound of smoked pork ribs, sausage or other smoked pork cut in to small pieces
1 cup dry white wine
1 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 pound of lentils washed and drained
1 can of cubed tomatoes
Simple to prepare cook time about 45 minutes – one hour
Add the oil to a heavy large pot like a soup pot
once it is hot add the carrot, onion, celery and pork, stir until the onions are translucent about 5-8 minutes over medium/ low heat. The pork will render some of it’s fat which adds badly needed flavor.
Add the can of tomatoes, cup of wine and three cups of water or chicken stock if available. Do not use bullion it has too much salt and often MSG, not a good thing.
Wash but do not soak the lentils and add them to the mix. Bring to a boil and then cover, reduce heat and simmer until the lentils are tender. Keep adding water as necessary to maintain a thick soup or thin stew.
Adjust salt and pepper to your taste.
Serve with rice for a complete protein, high fiber meal.