Slow cooker Oktoberfest German Lentil Stew
- 1 bag uncooked lentils
- 1 smoked kielbasa sausage
- 1 large sweet onion
- 2 carrot stalks, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 28oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 32oz container chicken stock, divided
- 1 German beer
- 2C water
- 2C water
- 2 bay leaves
- 1t oregano
- 1T salt
Cut the sausage into bite sized pieces and brown in a skillet on high heat until the meat develops a dark brown color. Turn Crockpot/show cooker (don't have one? Click here) onto medium; add sausage and pan drippings to the slow cooker.
Chop onion and add it plus the carrots and canned tomatoes to the slow cooker. Sort and rinse the lentils and add them to the sausage and veggies. Pour the beer in; add 1C chicken stock, water and add the seasonings.
Cook on medium heat in your Crockpot for 8 hours. Stir occasionally, and check the fluid level of the lentils. Depending on your altitude, climate and desire for a thicker/thinner stew, add more chicken stock when necessary.
This meal is great as is, but it's even better with a great crusty loaf of rye bread smothered in unsalted butter. If you're really going for the German experience, and why wouldn't you, pair it with a German lager. This meal is perfect throughout the fall and winter seasons. And so easy when all you have to do is throw this Oktoberfest German lentil stew into your slow cooker!