Slow Cooker Sunday: Sausage and Puy Lentil Stew
Cuisine: Slow Cooker
Author: Mediocre Mum
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 6 hours
Total time: 6 hours 15 mins
This recipe originally came from Sara Lewis, but she called for Venison Sausages and Cranberries.  I only had pork sausages and don't really like fruit of any description  (e.g apricots, raisins, apple) in my dinner so I just omitted them.  The picture doesn't do it justice but I can't stress enough how amazingly good it was.
Ingredients
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 6-8 good quality pork sausages (we get ours from the local butcher)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, mince (I buy frozen portions of garlic)
  • 2 TBSP plain flour
  • 900ml chicken stock
  • 3 TBSP light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP tomato puree
  • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 200g puy lentils
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the lentils and bay leaf in the bottom of the slow cooker
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan and brown the sausages on all sides.  No need to cook through as they will be in the slow cooker for 6 hours.  Set aside.
  3. Add the onion and garlic to the frying pan and saute for approx 3 minutes until they soften.  Sprinkle over the flour and mix well for about a minute.  Gradually add the stock, then stir in the sugar, tomato puree, vinegar and season with a bit of salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  4. Pour the mixture over the lentils and place the sausages on top.  Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.  Don't forget to remove the bay leaves and serve with crusty bread.
Recipe by Mediocre Mum at http://mediocremum.com/2013/02/slow-cooker-sunday-sausage-and-puy-lentil-stew/