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Lentils Spiced with Juniper Berries and Topped with Grilled Bavarian Sausage

by Spicie Foodie on April 18, 2013

Lentils Spiced with Juniper Berries and Topped with Grilled Bavarian Sausage by @SpicieFoodie | #lentils #sausage #bavarian #juniperberries #recipe

Lentils are one of my favorite foods to eat and cook. I know there are many people that don’t care for the taste of lentils. To those people I urged giving lentils a second chance. There are several varieties and all of which can be transformed into comforting and/or exotic dishes. Depending on what spices are used a Mexican, Middle Eastern, European, Indian or fusion recipe can be created. A soup, dip, curry, salad, or hearty meal can be cooked based on lentils. The possibilities are truly endless.

Lentils Spiced with Juniper Berries and Topped with Grilled Bavarian Sausage by @SpicieFoodie | #lentils #sausage #bavarian #juniperberries #recipe

I could eat lentils several times a week and not get bored. Yesterday I was really craving them for dinner but we had a package of these small Bavarian sausages about to expire in a few days. My husband had purchased the sausages for a specific dish (that I’ll share with you next week) but it doesn’t involve lentils, so I had to compromise. I actually prepared two separate meals to satisfy each of our cravings. Yes, the lentil craving was that bad.

Lentils Spiced with Juniper Berries and Topped with Grilled Bavarian Sausage by @SpicieFoodie | #lentils #sausage #bavarian #juniperberries #recipe

The sausages are similar to bratwurst but not exactly, these are tiny and similar in size to American breakfast links. The Czech package label called them Bavarian sausages not specifying bratwurst but listing pork as the main ingredient. The taste is mildly peppery and a perfect accompaniment to lentils. I have a recipe for Bratwurst with Sauerkraut that I spice with juniper berries and wanted to also spice the lentils with them. They worked perfectly and added a peppery taste with hints of tartness and sweetness. Juniper is often described as having a piney taste, I’m not sure that I agree. Some people might recognize the taste from drinking Gin since juniper is what it’s spiced with. Regardless they are a great spice to work with so you should buy some to cook with.

Lentils Spiced with Juniper Berries and Topped with Grilled Bavarian Sausage by @SpicieFoodie | #lentils #sausage #bavarian #juniperberries #recipe

5.0 from 5 reviews

Lentils Spiced with Juniper Berries and Topped with Grilled Bavarian Sausage
 
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A simple fusion meal, Lentils spiced with Juniper berries and topped with grilled Bavarian sausages.
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Recipe type: Main, Dinner, Lunch, Lentils, Sausage
Cuisine: Fusion, European
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 100g or ½ cup green lentils
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic OR 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 whole dried juniper berries
  • 2 small bay leafs or 1 normal sized
  • salt & ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 500 ml or 2 cups low sodium & no MSG vegetable broth
  • 3 small Bavarian pork sausages (I used ones the same size as breakfast links)
  • splash of red wine, optional
Instructions
  1. Pick through the lentils and remove any debris or shriveled lentils, rinse and set aside. Heat the oil in a pot, then saute the onions and carrots until soft, next add the garlic and cook until softened. Add all of the spices and stir until they begin releasing their scent, careful not to burn them. Add the lentils and pour in the broth, stir, and simmer over medium low heat until they have cooked through. If needed add a little more broth to cook the lentils. Once the lentils are cooked all the way through add a splash of red wine if desired. Simmer a few more minutes. Set aside to cool while grilling the sausage.
  2. Grill the sausage until it is cooked through. Serve on top of lentils.
Notes
For a vegan option omit the grilled sausage or replace it with vegan sausage.

 

Lentils Spiced with Juniper Berries and Topped with Grilled Bavarian Sausage by @SpicieFoodie | #lentils #sausage #bavarian #juniperberries #recipe

This lentils dish was so delicious that I plan to add it to my dinner table on a regular basis. It would also be great without the sausage for a vegan meal. The lentils were creamy, peppery while the sausage gave the dish another level of flavours. Such a simple dish but oh so satisfying. I hope you give it a try.

 

Check out these lentil and Juniper recipes too!
- Spicy Lentils with Cornbread
- Beluga Lentils with Curry Leaves
- Bratwurst with Sauerkraut

- Purchase some juniper berries for your pantry
- Grapefruit Juniper Berry Fizz by La Fuji Mama
- pheasant pasty – pheasant, juniper berry and thyme by Wrightfood
- Braised Lamb with Juniper Berries, Fennel and Sage by Key Ingredient
- Golden Vanilla-Fig Cake by An Edible Mosaic

 

 

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{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa April 18, 2013 at 11:45 AM

A dish that has everything to please me! I love lentils, sausages and juniper berries. Fantastic!

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Spicie Foodie April 18, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Thanks Rosa!

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3 Sandra April 18, 2013 at 3:28 PM

This is one tasty dish that I am eager to try!

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4 Spicie Foodie April 18, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Thank you Sandra! I hope you do, enjoy.

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5 Holly April 18, 2013 at 4:41 PM

This is like a twist on a French classic… lentils and sausage. I’m pretty sure I have some juniper berries in my spice rack. My husband would love this.

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6 Spicie Foodie April 18, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Yes, it kinda of is — I loved that French dish. Enjoy!:)

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7 yummychunklet April 18, 2013 at 6:31 PM

I’m always a sucker for photos with spices. Great post!

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8 Spicie Foodie April 18, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Thanks!

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9 Angie@Angie's Recipes April 18, 2013 at 6:34 PM

A really hearty and flavourful lentil dish, Nancy.

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10 Spicie Foodie April 18, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Thank you Angie!

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11 Purabi Naha April 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Oh My Gosh! I am really impressed by the yummilicious picture….I think, I can eat this lentil dish the whole day and day after day….
Adding red wine is a great thing to this recipe….I loved the idea!

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12 Spicie Foodie April 18, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Thank you so much Purabi!:) I’m the same way when it comes to any lentil dishes.

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13 Susan April 18, 2013 at 8:34 PM

What a delicious dish! I’d love to try it using our Wisconsin bratwurst sausages.

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14 Spicie Foodie April 18, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Thanks Susan! That’s great that you’d use local sausage — enjoy!

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15 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 18, 2013 at 9:28 PM

A bowl of comforting and delicious food! I love the juniper berries in here :)

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16 Spicie Foodie April 18, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Lentils really are one of my comfort foods. Thanks Kiran!

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17 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz April 18, 2013 at 9:30 PM

A very delicious and hearty meal. I have been tr4ying to get back into lentils more too, I like them as well. I have not used juniper berries yet, must give them a try.

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18 Spicie Foodie April 18, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Thank you Evelyne! I hope you get to eat some lentils soon. Juniper berries are great and I’m sure you’ll enjoy cooking with them.:)

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19 Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 19, 2013 at 1:04 AM

What a comforting meal filled with delicious flavors!

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20 Spicie Foodie April 19, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Thank you Laura!

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21 Suzanne Perazzini April 19, 2013 at 2:54 AM

I always loved lentils, especially in dhal but they are no longer on the menu for me, unfortunately. Your dish looks like the perfect comfort food for a chilly day.

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22 Spicie Foodie April 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM

I’m sorry you can’t eat lentils anymore Suzanne. Thank you!

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23 MadSCAR April 19, 2013 at 8:46 AM

This is amazing!I love it!Thanks:)

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24 Spicie Foodie April 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Thank you!

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25 Nandita April 19, 2013 at 9:22 AM

This is such a heart warming dish. Beautiful styling and photography as always :)

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26 Spicie Foodie April 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Thank you Nandita!

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27 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today April 19, 2013 at 5:46 PM

I’ve never tried it but I like the way it looks. Plus sausages are very welcome on my plate.

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28 Spicie Foodie April 21, 2013 at 2:34 PM

I hope you can sometime, thanks Marta!

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29 Adora's Box April 20, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Hi Nancy. I love that meal combo. The lentils look so good. I can have that on its own. I am trying to up my intake of pulses and this recipe comes in handy.

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30 Spicie Foodie April 21, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Thank you Adora enjoy your pulses.

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31 Ramona April 21, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Lentils and sausage… Lovely combination!! I would definitely enjoy a bowl full.

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32 Spicie Foodie April 21, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Thank you Ramona!

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33 Gourmet Getaways April 21, 2013 at 3:17 AM

You had me at Spiced Bavarian Sausage!!! YUM, this dish sounds absolutely delicious and so hearty! I can’t get over how gorgeous your images always look too!

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34 Spicie Foodie April 21, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Hehe, thank you Julie!:)

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35 anna April 21, 2013 at 6:22 AM

mm yum! i love lentils too, so easy and versatile! and what doesn’t go well with sausage??

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36 Spicie Foodie April 21, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Yay another lentil lover and yes they really are. Thanks Anna!

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37 mjskit April 21, 2013 at 6:59 AM

I’ve never been a big fan of lentils but I love just about any sausage. This dish looks scrumptious with that sausage piled on. I love the addition of the junipers berries. Gorgeous photography! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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38 Spicie Foodie April 21, 2013 at 2:36 PM

That’s too bad MJ, but I know many people don’t care for them. Maybe you can swap them for beans? Thanks and you too!

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39 Medeja April 21, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Somehow I am used to red lentils.. Other lentils I cook very rarely. I have a feeling such dish would taste good with beer :)

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40 Spicie Foodie April 21, 2013 at 2:37 PM

I also love red lentils, actually I love all varieties. Yes, a beer or glass of red goes great. Thank you Medeja.

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41 Patty April 21, 2013 at 6:04 PM

I love lentil soup but have never tried lentils with grilled sausage but I think it’s a great idea for a hearty meal with tons of great flavor ;-)

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42 Spicie Foodie April 22, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Thank you Patty!

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43 Susan April 23, 2013 at 2:14 AM

There is a spice pictured that isn’t in the list? Yellow one on the right. My lentils are simmering now! Will let you know how it goes!

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44 Spicie Foodie April 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Hi Susan! That’s granulated garlic that I forget to add to the ingredients list as an alternative to the garlic cloves. Thanks for catching that and I hope you enjoyed your lentils!:)

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45 Nami | Just cheOne Cookbook April 23, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Do you eat like this everyday? :) So jealous. Lentil cravings… that’s what I need from my husband and my kids!

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46 Spicie Foodie April 23, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Haha, no not every day.:) Plus I could say and ask you the same thing about all of your recipes.

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