The Daughter is away this weekend, so last night I indulged myself by cooking a lentil stew she hates! If there are other lentil haters out there, turn away now. 😀
1 plain Kransky sausage [or Chorizo or salami or even just a couple of rashers of bacon]
1 medium onion
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 or 2 sad, leftover fresh tomatoes [optional]
1 x tin lentils
a pinch of cayenne [hot and optional]
1 tablespoon of oil [I use peanut or olive]
Slice the smoked whatever and gently saute in the oil.
While the meat is sautee-ing, finely chop the onion and add to the meat.
Allow the onions to cook for 5 minutes before adding the finely chopped garlic.
Allow the meat mixture to cook for another 5 minutes before stirring in the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes [if using] and the cayenne. Do NOT add salt as the cured meats are salty enough already.
Empty the tin of lentils into a colander and rinse under cold water before adding to the meat mix. Stir, add about 1/4 cup of water and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes. If the stew gets too dry, or looks as if it might burn, add a little more water, but remember – this is a stew not a soup!
The longer you leave the stew simmering the better the flavour becomes, but if you’re very hungry you can serve up as soon as the fresh tomatoes have softened. Last night, total cooking time was about 1/2 an hour.
You can make steamed rice to go with the stew, or even mashed potatoes, but I just ate my quick stew with fresh, crusty white bread. It was delicious, and I had the added satisfaction of knowing I had well and truly had my fibre for the day. Better still, it was faster than getting takeaway, and cost next to nothing as I keep most of the ingredients on hand at all times. If you had to buy in the ingredients this stew might cost $6 – 7, tops.
Lentil stew will never be mistaken for haute cuisine, but if you don’t mind lentils, it will provide a hearty, delicious meal in a hurry.