Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lentils, Sausage and Spaetzle

Matt and I are trying to figure out where to go on vacation this year. Right now the place on the top of the list is Munich and the Bavarian Alps. One of the things that kept coming up while Matt was doing research was this dish.
Lentils, Sausage and Spaetzle
It seemed a little weird to me, both lentils and spaetzle, but we loved it. We cooked the lentils with bacon and vegetables to give them a lot of flavor and seem a little more like a stew. Traditionally, this dish is made with German hot dog, but we went with a bratwurst. These were wonderful housemade brats from our local grocery store, Kowalski's. They added another layer of flavor to what I was afraid would be a band dish.

We didn't make our own spaetzle, because I can't seem to get the hang of it. Luckily, one of our local German restaurants sells their in the grocery store.

Lentils, Sausage and Spaetzle

2 slices bacon, chopped
1/2 T olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
1/2 c dried lentils
handful fresh Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 bratwurst links
salt and pepper
hot cooked spaetzle

Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until it renders its fat. Add the olive oil and heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery. Sauté until the onion is translucent and the rest of the vegetables are starting to get tender. Add the lentils, 2 cups water and parsley. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and let cook for about 20 minutes. Add the brats and cook covered for another 15 minutes until the brats are cooked through and the lentils are tender. It should be the consistency of a stew. If it is too watery, let cook with the top off until thicker. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

Serve over spaetzle with mustard.

Makes 2 servings.

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thomas kroll said...

Looks mighty good!

Maggie said...

Which German restaurant sells spaetzle? My husband took a stab at it once at home and wow time consuming!

kat said...

Maggie - The Black Forest sells their spaetzle at Kowalskis

Jenn @leftoverqueen said...

OMG, we literally just made this too! So weird.- yes it was good! I had to make my own spatzle so it would be gluten free!

grace said...

i've never tried making spaetzle, but i'll bet you'll get the hang of it soon! great plate. :)

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