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This deliciously filling Chipolatas, red peppers and Puy Lentil stew makes for a brilliant camping dish.

Introduction

I like to use thin chipolatas as you get more of the delicious caramelized crispy outside than with regular fat sausages but, of course, you can substitute those if you like. 

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Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
6 chipolatas, cut into 3 pieces
1 large onion, chopped
1 large red pepper, deseeded and chopped
a pinch of dried chilli flakes (optional)
125g Puy lentils
handful of black olives
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp dried oregano
500ml chicken stock
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan set over a medium-high heat, add the chipolatas and fry for around 10 minutes until golden brown all over. Add the onion, red pepper and chilli flakes, if using, and fry for a further 10 minutes or so untul starting to colour a little at the edges.

Stir through the lentils, olives, garlic and oregano, then pour in the stock and season with black pepper. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer steadily for around 40 minutes until the lentils are soft, stirring occassionally. Add a little salt and more black pepper if necessary.

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