Cassoulet

Cassoulet
Chili Smith Family Foods

Beans:

  • 2 Tsp. Butter
  • ½ cup onions, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 lb. of our Chili Smith Hutterite, Tarbais Of Lodi, or Green Flagolet beans)
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 16 cups water
  • 2 bay leaf

Meats:

  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 16 each duck confit, duck legs
  • 2 lb. Andouille sausage links cut into 16 equal portions
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 lb. Roasted duck, cut into 2 inch pieces

Gratine:

  • 1 ½ cups dried fine bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated parmesan6 Tsp. Parsley, chopped
  • 4 tsp. Essence, recipe follows
  • 4 Tsp. Olive oil

Garnish:

  • Chives, chopped
  • Crusty Bread

Essence:

Yield 2/3 cup

  • 5 Tsp. Paprika
  • 4 Tsp. salt
  • 4 Tsp. Garlic powder
  • 2 Tsp. Black pepper
  • 2 Tsp. Onion powder
  • 2 Tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tsp. Dried leaf oregano
  • 2 Tsp. Dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar.

Method of Cooking:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees For the beans: In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Sauté the onions and celery for 4 minutes, or until they are slightly wilted. Add the beans, salt, cayenne, water and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cook until beans are tender and most of the water is absorbed, about 2 hours.

For the meats: In a large ovenproof skillet, over medium high heat, combine the flour and oil. Stirring constantly, make a medium brown roux. Add the onions, celery, bell peppers, carrots, salt and cayenne. Stirring constantly, cook for 4 minutes or until vegetables are slightly wilted. Add the duck legs and sausages and cook for 3 minutes on each side. Add the chicken broth and stir the mixture until the roux and broth are combined and mixture thickens. Scrape the bottom and sides of the pot to loosen any brown particles. Bring to a boil. Add the beans and duck meat. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook for 30-40 minutes.

For the Gratine: In a mixing bowl, combine breadcrumbs, cheese, parsley, Essence, and olive oil. Mix well. When the bean meat mixture is cooked, spoon the Gratine evenly over the top and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Spoon a serving of the mixture from the pan onto a plate and garnish with Essence, chopped chives and crusty bread.

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