It may be the end of May but it has certainly been feeling very wintery in the UK recently, so we’ve put our BBQ recipes to one side for now to concentrate on some more hearty fare. Whilst slow cookers don’t seem to exist in France (yet) we’ve started adapting some traditional French recipes for our crock-pot.
The original French dish is “Palette aux lentilles” but you can’t find palette in the UK. Palette is a part of pork shoulder that is smoked and less fatty than the shoulder you can find in the UK, but this is a fine substitute.
Porc/palette aux lentilles is an old, traditional French family dish that has fallen out of fashion, but it is something that my parents and grandparents used to eat a lot of. It is a great dish to eat with the kids because it is very healthy, and the lentils will fill them (and you) up. It is also a very easy dish, which is not too expensive as meat dinners go. As with all slow cooker meals porc aux lentilles takes a long time to make from start to finish, however the actual preparation time is just 15 minutes, so it’s a great one if you’re time poor.
You can either add sausages or “lard” – a kind of bacon – to this dish, or you can eat it without either, I have made it here with sausages.
- Stage 1
- Pork - 1kg (shoulder boned)
- Onions - 1
- Cloves - 5
- Butter - 30g
- Bay leaves - 2
- Thyme - 1 tsp (heaped)
- Garlic - 3 cloves (crushed)
- Stage 2
- Sausages - 6
- Lentils - 500g (green, dried)
- Carrots - 2
- Chicken stock - 500ml
- White wine - 200ml
- Put the butter, sliced onion, crushed garlic, bay leaves, cloves and thyme in the slow cooker
- Add the pork shoulder and season to taste with salt and pepper
- Cook for 4h on low
- Add the lentils, sliced carrots, white wine, chicken stock and stir everything around the pork shoulder
- Add the sausages and cook for a further 2h on low
Get your slow cooker ready. Get all your ingredients ready.
Put the butter at the bottom of the slow cooker. Peel and slice your onion and add it. Peel and crush your garlic cloves and add them. Add the bay leaves, the cloves and the thyme.
Add the pork shoulder on top of everything else so it can rest on it. Season to taste with some salt and pepper.
Put the lid on and cook for 4 hours on low. The pork will release some fat and suck up a lot of the flavours.
Switch your kettle on for the chicken stock. Pour the lentils evenly around the pork shoulder. Peel and slice the carrots and add them to the slow cooker. Pour the white wine and the chicken stock into the slow cooker. Stir everything well around the pork shoulder. The lentils and the carrots should sit nicely in some liquid.
Add the sausages on top of the lentils and carrots, and around the pork shoulder, and cook for 2 more hours on low with the lid on.
The lentils should have sucked up most of the liquid by the end. Serve as it is, you'll find it's filling enough and doesn't need any accompaniment.
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