This recipe came about on a brutal freezing cold Saturday afternoon this February when I had a serious craving for comfort food. This week I heard and interesting comment about comfort food. I was watching Hungry for Change and Dr Christiane Northrup said (I’m paraphrasing here) that when we are depressed we gravitate towards comfort food…it’s mainly sugar or fat that is an immediate hit to our brains and this makes up feel better. In this case my comfort food is all “whole” organic foods…this is not typical of what we refer to as comfort food…typically its mac n cheese, potato chips, anything deep fried etc. basically shitty food (That tastes amazing). But I digress…
We had to make the short trip to ROWE Farms on Queen St. E. to pick up the chicken and sausage. I never want to leave east Toronto because I LOVE my local ROWE Farms sooooo much!
How do you say comfort food? I say cream, butter and bacon! Or in this case Country Sausage Stuffed Chicken with Creamed Lentils.
Whole organic Chicken (Small)
4 strips organic bacon
2 sausages casting removed
1 cup dried lentils
2 cloves of garlic
butter or olive oil
1/2 cup organic cream
whole made croutons
fresh rosemary and thyme
salt & pepper to taste
1) remove sausage from casting and brown in frying pan (remove and set aside)
2) pre-heat oven to 350. Stuff chicken with sausage mixture, coat with butter or olive oil and spices – bake until when pierced the juices run clear
3) Remove lentils from water (Lentils should be soaked for one hour) While chicken is in the oven on the stove top brown the bacon, add finely chopped shallot and garlic and sauté until fragrant (about 2 min).
4) add carrot to bacon mixture and sauté until carrot is slightly tender.
5) add lentils and butter to bacon mixture, and cook until butter dissolves then add the cream. Cook until cream is thick but not until the lentils are a paste.
6) remove chicken from the oven cut the breast into quarters, serve on top of your lentil mixture and finish with fresh greens with oil and croutons
PS. I am buying a new camera very very soon! My I-phone just isn’t cutting it these days!