Cassoulet Recipe

Summary

Preparation Time2 Hr 0 MinCooking Time3 Hr 0 Min
Ready In5 Hr 0 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexHealthyServings8
CuisineCourse
MethodMain Ingredient
Interest Group

Ingredients

 Great northern beans1 Pound, dried
 Water8 Cup (128 tbs)
 Duck fat/Bacon drippings2 Tablespoon
 Onions2 Medium, chopped
 Garlic6 Clove (30 gm), minced
 Chicken stock8 Cup (128 tbs)
 Rosemary/2 teaspoon dried rosemary2 Tablespoon, chopped
 Thyme/2 teaspoon dried thyme2 Tablespoon, chopped
 Cayenne pepper1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Brandy1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Canned diced tomatoes in juice29 Ounce (Two 14 1/2 Ounce Each Cans)
 Tomato paste3 Tablespoon
 Ground cloves1⁄4 Teaspoon
 Ground nutmeg1⁄4 Teaspoon
 Ground cinnamon1⁄4 Teaspoon
 Salt2 Teaspoon
 Black pepper1 Teaspoon
 Pork link sausage1 1⁄2 Pound, cut into 2 inch pieces (Use Fresh Ones)
 Duck confit3 Cup (48 tbs)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 794 Calories from Fat 307

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 35 g53.4%

Saturated Fat 7.5 g37.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 151.5 mg50.5%

Sodium 1679.8 mg70%

Total Carbohydrates 63 g21%

Dietary Fiber 16.1 g64.3%

Sugars 9.1 g

Protein 54 g107.6%

Vitamin A 24.7% Vitamin C 44.1%

Calcium 19.5% Iron 37.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Directions

GETTING READY
1) In fresh water, rinse the beans thoroughly and remove any debris or stones.
2) In a large stockpot, place the beans with enough water to cover.
3) Bring to a rolling boil over high heat.
4) Boil, covered, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour.
5) Drain the beans and keep aside.
6) Preheat the oven to 350°F.

MAKING
7) In a large Dutch oven, warm 1 tablespoon of duck fat, over medium heat.
8) To this, add the onions and garlic and saute for 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender.
9) To this, add the beans and 6 cups of chicken stock.
10) Over high heat, bring this mix to a boil.
11) Gradually add the rosemary, thyme, cayenne, brandy, tomatoes in juice, tomato paste, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
12) Reduce the heat, and simmer this mix for 1 1/2 hours. Add more stock to prevent the beans from drying out.
13) Adjust salt and pepper to your taste.
14) In a large skillet, heat the remaining duck fat, over medium-high heat.
15) To this, add the sausage, and cook until the sausage is browned, for 10 minutes.
16) In a 5 to 6 quart black iron, clay, or earthenware pot, layer half of the bean mixture.
17) On top, add the sausage and duck confit.
18) On top, spoon the remaining bean mixture, along with enough cooking liquid to cover the mixture. Reserve the remaining bean cooking liquid.
19) Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour.
20) Now, break the top browned layer and add more liquid to prevent the cassoulet from drying out.
21) Now, reduce the heat to 250°F and bake for 3 hours, checking every 1 hour. Add more liquid if required.

FINALIZING
22) Remove the cassoulet from the oven. Let cool well and then keep covered in the refrigerator overnight.
22) Reheat before serving. To reheat, bring the cassoulet to room temperature, add more broth, and bake at 350°F for 40 minutes to 1 hour.

SERVING
23) Serve hot with crusty bread and green salad.
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