Sausages with french green lentils

    1 hour 5 minutes

    Meaty sausages are simple to cook, succulent and juicy, and when combined with diced vegetables and tender lentils they make a hearty meal with a healthy balance of nutrients.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 large onions, chopped
    • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    • 350 g carrots, peeled and diced
    • 1 large fennel bulb, chopped
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
    • 1 orange, zest grated and juiced
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 6 good-quality, thin pork sausages
    • 1⅓ cups (250 g) French green lentils, rinsed
    • 300 ml red wine
    • ⅓ cup (110 g) redcurrant jelly
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 orange, cut into eight small wedges

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Put the onions, garlic, carrots, fennel, bay leaves and thyme in a fairly deep roasting tin and stir until mixed together. Add the orange zest and olive oil and mix thoroughly.
    2. Place the sausages on top of the vegetables. Bake for about 25 minutes until the sausages are lightly browned on top.
    3. Meanwhile, place the lentils in a large saucepan and cover with boiling water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, partly cover the pan and boil for 15 minutes until just tender. Drain well.
    4. Lift the sausages out of the roasting tin and set aside. Stir the wine, redcurrant jelly, mustard and orange juice into the vegetables in the tin, then add the lentils and stir in with a fork. Reposition the sausages on top, turning them browned-sides down.
    5. Bake for a further 20–25 minutes, until the sausages are well browned and the vegetables and lentils are cooked. Remove the sausages to a board and thickly slice them on the diagonal. Discard the herbs from the lentil mixture, then lay the sausages back on top and serve garnished with orange wedges.


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