I have to be honest, I didn’t have much experience with lentils before we moved to Germany.
It wasn’t a dish that my family ate when growing up so I didn’t have a frame of reference for the taste and texture and deliciousness that lentils deliver until our first Christmas Market in Stuttgart in 2016.
Let me set the scene.
Imagine a magical Chrismas themed open air market set against a backdrop of German villages and cities.
Music, food, gluhwein, schnapps and hundreds of stalls filled with trinkets, ornaments, hand-made gifts, you name it…it’s there.
There are also carnival rides, games and lots of beer gardens.
There’s truly nothing like it.
It’s so magical that you don’t even realize it’s cold out. Or maybe that has to do more with the frequent schnapps, beer and gluhwein??
We bellied up to one of the food tents for a bite to eat and I’m not even sure what drew me to the lentils but that’s what I ordered. They were served with a simple sausage link and a side of sauerkraut.
From the first bite, I was in love. Such simple food that tasted so delicous. I made it my mission to recreate the lentils and this recipe for Easy Lentils and Sausage is pretty close to the German version we had at our first Christmas Market.