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French Food Friday...Purée de pois cassés aux pommes de terre et aux lardons

                          photo from here

 Rebonjour mes belles,

I found some split peas whilst cleaning out one of the kitchen cupboards that French Boyfriend purchased some months back.
FB advised that these are good with eaten with French sausages so I had a quick search on the internet and found this recipe. 

I was a little aprehensive at first but once the mixture was in the food processor, my confidence returned and FB was happy with the result. It works well with French sausages but if you do not have these, it would also work well with strong tasting non French sausages.

The recipe appears in French with my English version below.
Temps de préparation : 200 minutes
Temps de cuisson : 45 minutes
Ingrédients (pour 6 personnes) : - 500 g de pois cassés
- 6 pommes de terre
- 200 g de lardons fumés
- 2 oignons
- 4 gousses d'ail
- 2 feuilles de laurier
- 1 pincée de sel
- 1 pincée de poivre
- 15 cl lait
- 1 noix de beurre

Préparation de la recette :

Rincer à grande eau les pois cassés puis les laisser tremper 2-3 h.
Dans une casserole, faire revenir les lardons avec une noisette de beurre et les oignons.
Ajouter les pois cassés avec 4 fois leur volume d'eau, les gousses d'ail pelées et coupées en deux, les feuilles de laurier, les pommes de terre épluchées et coupées en gros morceaux.
Laisser mijoter à feu doux pendant 45 min.
Égoutter, récupérer les morceaux de pomme de terre et les passer au moulin à légumes. Mélanger avec le lait chaud.
Jeter les feuilles de laurier.
Mixer les pois cassés avec une belle noisette de beurre puis incorporer la purée de pomme de terre.
Rectifier l’assaisonnement si besoin.

Preparation time : 200 minutes
Cooking time : 45 minutes
Ingrédients (pour 6 personnes) : - 
500 g split poeas
- 6 potatoes (peeled and cut into large chunks)
- 200 g smoked bacon
- 2 onions
- 4 cloves garlic (peeled and chopped in half)
- 2 laurel leaves
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch pepper
- 150 mls milk
- 1 knob of butter

Préparation :

Rinse the split peas and leave to soak for  2-3 h.
Place the bacon and onion in a pot and fry with the knob of butter until cooked.
Add the split peas together with 4 times their volume in water -  2 litres.

Add the cloves of garlic, laurel leaves and potatoes.
Simmer for  45 min.
Drain, remove the potatoes and laurel leaves? Blend in a food porocessor  until smooth.

Do the same with the potatoes and milk, then combine both mixtures and blend together,
Taste and add additional seasoning if required.

Serve with sausages.

Note by the time I thought to take a photo, it was too late as we had eaten all of it. It really is delicious...

bon vendredi à tous, Leeann x


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