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Friday, 22 November 2013
Dinner in the French Countryside...a cassoulet
Topic: Recipes

A French Cassoulet

in the humble Crockpot


Interested in sitting down to a rustic country French dinner in the middle of the week? Without airfare and without a lot of prep time either!

 

 

 

I'd like you to think a bit out of the box and use your trusty crockpot, some common ingredients you'll likely have around the pantry and refrigerator, and create a trip to the countryside of France in the middle of the week...


French Cassoulet in the crockpot

serves 4, increase as needed


4 slices of bacon, cooked in microwave, then chopped

Prep the crockpot with reserved bacon fat.


Add into the prepped crockpot:


1 lb. cut up boneless chicken and a couple of links of smoked sausage cut up into 1" pieces --OR-- 1+ 1/2  lb chicken sausage cut into 1” pieces (my choice in this recipe)

Bacon (see above)

1 can of Cannelini beans (white kidney beans) rinsed and drained

1 can of diced tomatoes, with the juice

1 lb baby carrots


Add sprigs of fresh thyme, dried Herbs de Provence blend, salt and pepper—start with 1 tsp dried herbs blend. Adjust seasonings after fully cooked.

Cook on “low” setting for 8 hours. Serve in bowls with freshly baked bread, a salad and a glass of dry, red wine.


 

 


Posted by Karen at 18:34 CST
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