Recipe for the French New Year Sausage and Lentil Dish

French New Years Lentils

Monique Palomares had previously told us about the lentil and sausage dish they traditionally eat in France for the New Year. She just sent me the recipe. Here’s what she wrote:

Sonia explained me how she cooks lentils for New Years…

She browns the sausages (Saucisse de Toulouse). She cuts pork spare ribs into pieces (if you have rinds, add them). Then she browns a whole onion with 2 or 3 cloves stuck in it. She adds 1 1/2 to 2 cups of lentils and a couple of crushed garlic cloves. When browned, she pours enough water to cover it all (the lentils will absorb the water so be careful to put enough). Then she adds salt, pepper and “Herbes de Provence” (optional). She cooks that for 20 minutes in a pressure cooker = one hour in a regular pan (check).

Sonia said: NO tomatoes!

With the left overs (when there are no sausage left): add a beef stock cube and water, heat, and puree. Toast some bread and cut into croutons, et voilĂ !

My guess is that this recipe will take at least an hour to cook when using a regular pot. (I often make lentil soup and it takes about an hour and a half to fully cook.) Monique didn’t have an exact quantity when I asked about the meat. It sounded like the US equivalent would be about one + pound of sausage and about 1 pound of spare ribs.

Many thanks to Monique and Sonia for sharing this recipe with us!

Mama Lisa

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