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.