Sausages with wild mushrooms and lentils
1 tbsp olive oil
225g/8oz pancetta or smoked streaky bacon, diced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 stick celery, finely diced
1 leek, finely chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tsp fresh soft thyme leaves
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
25g/1oz dried ceps, soaked for 30 minutes in 300ml (½ pint) boiling water
225g/8oz Puy lentils, washed
375ml/13fl oz red wine
600ml/1 pint beef stock
8 beef sausages
50g/2oz unsalted butter
225g/8oz baby spinach leaves
4 tbsp fresh flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based saucepan. Add the pancetta and cook over a medium heat until it is golden and has released its natural fats.
Add the onion, carrot, celery, leek, bay leaves, thyme and garlic to the pan and cook for 8-10 minutes.
Drain the ceps and squeeze dry, retaining the soaking liquor.
Chop the ceps finely and add to the cooked vegetables.
Stir in the lentils.
Strain the ceps’ soaking liquor through muslin or a fine sieve straight into the lentil pan.
Add the wine and stock and bring to the boil.
Meanwhile, brown the sausages all over in half the butter. Cut them into 2.5cm (1in) pieces and add them to the lentils.
Cook for about 30 minutes until the lentils are tender.
Fold in the spinach and parsley and cook until wilted.
Fold in the remaining butter to enrich and season to taste.
Serve piping hot.
Source: BBC FOODS