Lentils (Martin P.)

2 lb dry lentils
3 to 4 inches sausage (like V&V), 1/2″ slices
4 to 5 strips bacon
1 teaspoon sugar
1 small yellow or white onion – this is optional
some Tony Cachere’s to taste
a lot of black pepper
some salt
Wash lentils in a collander.  They say to pick our rocks.  I’ve never found rocks, but who knows.
Soak for a couple of hours, 2X amount of water, over lentils
Drain water, replace with fresh water.
Put lentils in crockpot (if not already)
Add other ingredients, lots of pepper, but wait on any salt.
Cook on high for 4 – 5 hours, until done, then reduce heat.
Add any salt towards the end of cooking time.
Lentils get better and better with more cooking time.
Pintos are great, but lentils break up the pinto monotony-monopoly!  (yes, this recipe looks a lot like Owen’s pinto bean recipe – why mess with something good!)
Also, lentils cook in half the time compared to pintos, which is handy if you are behind!

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