January 7, 2012
Cassoulet is one of those great comfort foods that is wonderful anytime, but absolutely perfect on a cold winter evening. It’s meant to be warm and rustic, can you can pretty much throw whatever you have into the pot and it will come out tasting good.
I made this recipe up tonight on the fly, but it was so good I had to share it. Try it yourself and let me know what you think.
- 4 strips bacon
- 1 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast – cubed
- 3 -4 links andouille sausage – diced (I prefer Aidells’ but any will do
- 3 cans cannellini beans (white kidney) – drained and rinsed
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 2 carrots peeled and chopped
- 4 roma tomatoes diced
- 10 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 1 cups dry white wine
- 2 – 3 cups chicken stock
- salt, pepper, italian seasoning, crushed red pepper, and Emiril’s essence to taste
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Fry the bacon in a large stock pot until crispy. Remove and set aside. In a separate pot, bring the chicken stock to a boil. Sauté the onions in the bacon fat for 5 – 7 minutes until translucent. Add the sausage and cook another 10 minutes, scraping the bottom with a metal spatula. Add white wine and garlic, and simmer for 2 minutes. Season chicken with emeril’s essence. Add chicken, tomatoes, carrots, beans, crumbled bacon, and other spices and stir. Add boiling chicken stock. The chicken stock should not quite cover the other ingredients, unless you want your cassoulet a little soupy. Cover the pot and put into oven. Bake at 350 for 75 – 90 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes. Leave pot uncovered for the last 20 minutes to help evaporate off some of the excess liquid. Serve it in bowls with lots of crusty bread (or just eat it plain if you’re on a low-carb diet like me). Enjoy! As always, if you try this recipe, please let me know.