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Try this French petit sale aux lentilles, a classic lentil stew with bits of salted pork! French traditional cuisine at its best...

French Petit Salé

Petit salé aux lentilles, a classic French stew with lentils and salted pork!

Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories per serving 583 kcal

Ingredients

  • 10,5 oz salted pork (350 g), soaked overnight
  • 4,5 oz dry lentils (125 g)
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 medium fresh carrot peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves
  • ½ small onion peeled
  • 1 tbsp dried juniper berries
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • a handful fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • pepper
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Check if the lentils have to be soaked first. Some have to, others not. If so, make sure the lentils have soaked for at least an hour or two. Fill a large pan with 9 cups (2 l) of cold tap water and add the onion, garlic, black peppercorns, cloves, juniper berries, fresh rosemary, bay leaves and chicken bouillon cube.

    Try this French petit sale aux lentilles, a classic lentil stew with bits of salted pork! French traditional cuisine at its best...
  2. Also add the soaked salted pork.

    Try this French petit sale aux lentilles, a classic lentil stew with bits of salted pork! French traditional cuisine at its best...
  3. Place the pan over high heat and bring all the ingredients to a good boil. Skim any foam that forms on top of the water. Then turn the heat to medium-low, cover the pan and simmer the pork and remaining ingredients for 90 minutes. After that, add the (soaked and drained) lentils and diced carrot.

    Try this French petit sale aux lentilles, a classic lentil stew with bits of salted pork! French traditional cuisine at its best...
  4. Turn the heat up a little and cook the lentils and carrots with the pork until tender for about another 30 minutes. After that remove the pork from the pan and drain the cooked lentils and carrots: you can keep (or freeze) that beautiful cooking liquid and use it as a flavorful broth for soups or sauces!

    Try this French petit sale aux lentilles, a classic lentil stew with bits of salted pork! French traditional cuisine at its best...
  5. Discard the cooked onion, bay leaves and garlic. Scoop the lentils and carrots onto deep plates. Slice the pork up and add it to the lentils. Serve hot.

    Try this French petit sale aux lentilles, a classic lentil stew with bits of salted pork! French traditional cuisine at its best...