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Quick Cassoulet

Quick Cassoulet
Recipe Date:
February 15, 2020
Cook Time:
Imperial (US)
  • 1 1/2 tbsps Duck Fat or Butter
  • 8 bone-in, skin-on Chicken Thighs - pat dry & lightly salt & peppered
  • 1 lb Garlic Sausages, uncooked
  • 1/2 lb thick-cut Bacon, cut across into 1" pieces
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2 small Carrots, chopped
  • 1 large stalk Celery, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh Italian Parsley
  • 1 tsp Herbes de Provence
  • 1 29-oz can Cannellini Beans, drained
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 cups Bread Crumbs

Preheat ovent to 350 degrees.

In large Dutch oven, liquefy the duck fat at medium heat.

Place the chicken thighs skin down in the bottom of the pan. Allow to cook for 8 minutes on medium to medium-high, periodically checking to be sure the skin is not sticking to the pan. 

Turn the chicken thighs over and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from pan, and set aside.

Add the sausages to the same pan and brown on each side, approx. 3-4 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Add the bacon to the pan. Sauté to render the fat only, about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, allowing excess fat to drain back into the pan before setting the bacon aside.

Reserve 2 tablespoons of the pan fat (leave it in the pan) and discard the remaining fat. 

Add the onions to the pan and sauté over medium-high heat scraping all the browned bits from the bottom and sides of the pan. Sauté until the onions begin to turn translucent but are not limp. 

Add the carrots, celery, parsley, herbes de Provence, beans and chicken stock; stir to combine.

Add the bacon to the pot; stir to combine.

Insert the chicken thighs and sausage into the stew so they are covered. 

In a small bowl combine the bread crumbs and diced garlic. Sprinkle it evently over the stew.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, periodically pressing the bread crumbs into the stew which will help thicken it. 

Place the stew underneath the broiler to slightly brown the top crumbs and remove from oven.

Allow to sit for a few minutes, cut sausages into 2 inch pieces stirring them back into the stew, and serve.

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