Springtime Lentils

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I have a love hate relationship with lentils. I love the earthy and subtle flavours that  lentils have. There is something very satisfying about a bowlful of steaming lentils with a little olive oil and slab of feta cheese. The only disadvantage of eating lentils is that of the after affects. Or put another way I dislike the gastrointestinal issues that follow eating this legume. Greeks love lentils (fakes) and they usually served them on a cold winter day as a soup with feta and a hunk of crusty bread. With the onset of spring I thought I would mix it up a bit and create a springtime version that would stand up to, and dare I say surpass the wintertime classic. 

What you need:

  • 1/2 kilo lentils (green is preferred but you can use brown)
  • 1/4 kilo pork belly in one piece without the skin. (You can substitute cured bacon)
  • 1/4 kilo pork sausages cut into slices. 
  • 1/4 kilo fresh green beans cut into 1 cm pieces.
  • 5 fresh artichokes. Prepared and ready to fry. For instructions click here.  This is optional.
  • Olive oil as needed
  • 2-3 fresh green onions rough chopped.
  • Water as needed.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
How its done:
  • Prep and cook artichokes (if using)
  • In a little olive oil brown the pork with the chopped onion.
  • Add the lentils and add enough water to cover.
  • bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 40-45 min. (They are done when all the water is absorbed and they are firm but not crunchy. You can add more water if needed)
  • Fry the sausages and set aside.
  • When the lentils are almost done pull out the pork (or bacon) and add the green beans.
  • Let the pork cool enough to handle it, then cut it into a medium dice.
  • Add the copped pork back into the lentils with the reserved sausage and bring it up to temperature.
  • Fry the artichokes in a little oil until golden and brown.
  • To serve, spoon the lentils into a deep plate, top with the artichokes and season with a little salt and pepper. This can be accompanied with a nice loaf of bread or over a bowlful of rice. Enjoy!
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