Meat & Fish

Lentils “a la royale”

Okay. The hardest part is done : my first post. As I focused on the chocolate part of my blog’s name, let me use one of my casseroles today. A Staub cocotte of course. They are just the best ! Plus, I just love the color range you can find.

So this is a typical recipe from le Puy-en-Velais ( a town in the central part of France) : my lentils “a la royale” ! You know how lentils are good for health, I just love those babies ! And they are perfect for a good winter meal. Let’s go !!

If you want to get one great cocotte …


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Serves: 6-8 Difficulty: Not too tricky Price: $
Cooking Time: 1 hour 1/2


  • 280 g green lentils
  • 2 onions
  • 300 g smoked pork belly
  • 6-8 sausages
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 fennel
  • 1/4 celery (or 3 white turnips)
  • 25 cl cream
  • 50 cl Cremant
  • poultry broth
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • laurel



Put the lentils into a pan with a large volume of cold water. Add one of the onions cut in half and the herbs (thyme, rosemary and laurel).


Once cooked (approx 30 min), drain and remove the onion and the herbs. Set the lentils aside.


In the meantime, heat the olive oil in a casserole dish and add the sliced pork belly and onion. Cook over a high heat until lightly browned.


Add the rest of the vegetables that you will have sliced into a Brunoise (this means cut into little blocs).


Add the Cremant and bring to boil for a few minutes while stirring. Add 2 glasses of water (approx 1/2 liter) and leave at medium heat for 5 minutes.


Cook the sausages in the broth and set aside.


Add the poultry broth and keep cooking solwly for 20 to 30 minutes.


A few minutes before serving, add the cream and salt & pepper.


Add the lentils and sausages, keep 2-3 minutes in the casserole until they get back to a good temperature and serve !


This dish is delicious and can easily be heated again. You can use pork knuckle instead of the sausages or just pork belly if you want less protein in your plate. You can also replace Cremant with white wine.


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  • Reply
    Miriam Novoa
    Monday September 4th, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    Hi, I found the recipe amazing but…I don’t eat pork or red meat , can I substitute it for something else?

    • Reply
      Monday September 4th, 2017 at 01:19 PM

      Hi ! Thanks for your nice comment ! You can use smoked chicken instead or make a veggie dish with more carrots and spices such as red pepper, ground cumin and ground ginger. I haven’t tried it with smoked salmon, but that could work too . You will just have to add the smoked salmon at the end of the recipe. Let me know how it turned out !!

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