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Bacon with lentils

Not suitable for Freezing

ingredients

serves 6
2 1/4 lb (1 kg) Middle cut bacon hock
1 Carrot
2 Onions
1 Garlic clove
Bouquet garni
8 Peppercorns
1 lb (450 g) Continental lentils
Salt and pepper

method

1. Put bacon joint in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Soak for 3 hours, changing the water several times.

2. Drain the bacon joint and cover with fresh water. Peel and slice the carrot; peel and quarter the onions; peel and halve the garlic. Add to the bacon with the bouquet garni and peppercorns. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

3. Remove bouquet garni. Wash and pick over lentils. Add to bacon, cover and cook for a further hour till lentils are tender. Adjust seasoning, then arrange on warmed dish and serve with mustard.

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