This recipe is for a lentil stew which is served together with Spaetzle and Saiten. The lentil stew is thickened with a bit of flour and flavored with vinegar, then served alongside freshly-made Spaetzle with butter and Frankfurter sausage heated in water.
Spaetzle are little drop noodles made with eggs and flour. See step by step instructions here.
Saiten, also known as "Wiener Würstchen" or "Frankfurter Würstel" is a finely ground, thin "Brühwurst" or sausage which is cooked in broth or water right after it is stuffed. It can be pork, a pork and beef mixture or just beef (like kosher hot dogs). It contains spices, nitrates and salt as well. You can also choose hot dogs or knackwurst to complete this meal.
Serves 4 - 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
Yield: Serves 4 - 6
- 2 c. brown lentils, rinsed (400 g.)
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 oz. bacon or "Bauchspeck"
- 1/3 c. flour
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 carrot, cubed
- 1/2 leek, chopped
- 1 c. beef broth
- 2 - 3 T. wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh Spätzle
- Fresh Saiten or Frankfurters
Wash the lentils under cold water in a sieve, then pick them over and remove any debris.
Place the lentils in a pot and cover with water. Add the two bay leaves and simmer for about 45 minutes, until they are soft, but not until they fall apart. Make sure the lentils are always covered with water.
Cut the bacon or "Speck" into small cubes or strips. Brown the pieces in a hot pan.
Chop the vegetables very fine.
Add the onion, carrot and leek and cook with the bacon until onion is translucent.
Add the flour and cook, stirring until it takes on a golden brown color.
Pour the broth over the flour, stirring constantly to make a roux.
Drain the lentils and add them to the vegetables. Add the vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Make sure that everything is well mixed and heat for a few minutes before serving.
Serve a nice portion of lentils on the same plate with fresh Spaetzle and Frankfurters, hot dogs or "Saiten" which have been thoroughly heated in simmering water or even grilled.
You may also cook the lentils with smoked meat, then serve the meat with the meal.
Another variation is to use red wine instead of broth. If you do that, go easy on the vinegar.