Sausage and Lentils with Fried Sage
This classic dish of Sausage and Lentils with Fried Sage is a meal I’d always find comforting and this dish is low-glycemic, gluten-free (with gluten-free sausage), dairy-free, and South Beach Diet friendly! Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
My love for lentils is pretty obvious, and this Sausage and Lentils with Fried Sage is definitely something I’d enjoy eating any time of year. And this year I have sage growing in my windowsill over the winter, score!The recipe for Sausage and Lentils with Fried Sage was inspired by one in The Silver Spoon, a classic Italian cookbook that I think every serious cook should own. The addition of fried sage was my idea after seeing it on restaurant menus, and the fried sage was a wonderful addition to this dish, if I do say so myself.
Sage is something I have growing abundantly for most of the year, and when you fry it the sage flavor intensifies just a bit as the leaves are transformed into crispy morsels of sage-flavored goodness. But if you like Italian Sausage and Lentils but don’t have fresh sage, this dish would still be very good without the sage.
I picked a generous amount of safe from my garden, but if you have to buy sage you can use less. The lentils are simmered with a few vegetables and some chicken soup base for extra flavor.
Meanwhile, brown the sausages well, until they’re nicely browned on all sides. Then let sausages cool enough to handle, slice them, and brown again so the cut sides are also nicely browned. Don’t rush the browning, because that creates flavor.
When you’re ready to fry the sage, garlic is heated in the oil to flavor it, and then the sage is fried for just a minute or two. And here’s how the fried sage looked after it had cooled a bit and been chopped. Here is where the photo-taking got sidetracked when we got busy and forgot to take a photo of the cooked lentils and sausages mixed together in the pan with half the fried sage. You’ll have to use your imagination for that. Serve the dish with some fried sage sprinkled on top.
Make it a Meal: This would be delicious with Ottolenghi’s Perfect Lettuce Salad on the side for a low-glycemic meal.
More Tasty Recipes with Lentils:
Pork and Lentil Soup from la Fuji Mama
Spiced Indian Lentils from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Lentils with Spinach and Preserved Lemon from The Perfect Pantry
Mujadarra (Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions) from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Spanish Lentils and Mushrooms from Herbivoracious
Sausage and Lentils with Fried Sage
This classic dish of Sausage and Lentils with Fried Sage is a meal I’d always find comforting, great for lunch.
- 1 package hot turkey Italian Sausage (5 links, 19.5 oz.)
- 2 cups dried lentils
- 1 piece celery, cut in 3 inch pieces
- 1 whole carrot, cut in 3 inch pieces
- 1 small onion, cut in half
- generous T chicken flavor base (optional, I use Better Than Bouillon Organic Low Sodium Chicken Base)
- 1 T + 2 T olive oil (or more, depending on your pan)
- 20-30 fresh sage leaves
- 3-4 large garlic cloves
- Put lentils, celery, carrot, onion, and chicken flavor base (if using, I use Better Than Bouillon Organic Low Sodium Chicken Base) in large pot, cover with water and start to simmer.
- Let lentils cook until they are quite tender. Cooking time will depend on how fresh the lentils are, but probably about 45 minutes.
- While lentils are cooking, brown sausage well in 1 T olive oil in large frying pan.
- Let sausages cool enough to handle, and cut in diagonal slices about 1 inch thick.
- Put back in pan and brown cut sides of sausage very well. Don’t rush the browning step, it may take as long as 20 minutes.
- When lentils are tender, drain well and remove carrot, celery and onion and discard.
- Put 2 T olive oil in frying pan that sausages were browned in, add garlic and saute until barely starting to color (don’t let it get very brown or it will be bitter). Remove garlic and discard.
- Add sage leaves to hot oil and cook just until crisp, not more than a minute or two.
- Remove sage and chop with knife.
- Add cooked lentils and sausages with half the sage back to pan, and saute 3-5 minutes in seasoned olive oil.
- Remove to serving platter, sprinkle over rest of fried sage and serve hot.
I use Jenni-O Hot Turkey Italian Sausage which is gluten-free.
Recipe adapted from The Silver Spoon.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Sausage and Lentils with Fried Sage is suitable for the South Beach Diet, but it’s important to use lower-fat turkey Italian sausage if you’re making this for South Beach. Legumes like lentils are allowed for any phase of South Beach, but portion size is limited to 1/3 to 1/2 cup for phase one. Lentils are too high in carbs for a traditional low-carb diet plan.
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