This is one of those 'do as I say, not as I do' instances. Really. Once you have your lentils cleaned & ready to use, dump them in a pot-- a big one, this makes a big batch-- with the water and spices, & let it boil.
Once the pot comes to a boil, turn it down, & let it simmer until the lentils are soft. It will probably take around 45 minutes to an hour, so give yourself plenty of time before you intend to serve your meal. Just a heads up,... it's going to smell, well,.. funky. I remember thinking as I was adding all the spices that it was a strange mix of flavors. Don't let it scare you though-- the end result is really yummy & unique! While you're waiting for the lentils, fry up your sausage & onions.
I actually used brats that we had made from the deer the Prairie Boy shot this year. They were seasoned really well and were the perfect compliment to the spices the recipe called for. Any sausage you like will work though. In a separate bowl, mix up the tomato sauce, molasses and barbeque sauce. Again, the type of bbq sauce doesn't matter. Just use your favorite. Somehow the flavors all seem to blend together regardless of what you use.
While we're waiting for the lentils to be done, & for the sake of keeping things real.... here's what my kitchen counter actually looks like when I'm cooking.
A little different than the pretty pictures you usually get to see! And yes, that's a store bought chocolate cake on the right. Don't judge me. Sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! Okay, so now that the lentils are soft, dump in your sausage, onions & sauce mix. Let it simmer another 30 minutes, & serve it up with some crusty rolls or french bread and a nice glass of Merlot! Unless you're serving a crew, you'll have plenty of leftovers. This recipe freezes beautifully, so you'll have a ready made supper for another night.
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