This is another recipe that I threw together to serve to my "almost" vegetarian friend I am not a vegetarian but really enjoyed this recipe. You may vary the veggies that you put in it - It may even be part of "clean the fridge" of leftover veggies. The prepared meat substitute is pre cooked and only needs ro be warmed through. Serve with pasta or rice. Cooked Macaroni may even be mixed in with it in the pan. An avocado is nice on the side. Use hot, medium or mild salsa, homemade or bought . Season with salt & Pepper. Serve with a nice green side salad.
My version of this recipe started with a recipe in a magazine. The original recipe called for carrots, beans, peas, and squash artistically arranged in an ovenproof bowl (as the shell for the mashed potatoes). That seemed so time consuming. I decided to limit the veggie shell to sliced carrots. You can use any combination of vegetables you like for the shell.
This great Cheat's recipe has all the elements of a traditional French Cassoulet - assorted meats, beans, carrots, tomatoes, wine & tomatoes - but is very easy & does not include Confit d'Canard if you find that difficult to obtain. However, you need to get hold of high meat content sausages to give it a more authentic taste. I have given a few variations at the bottom of the recipe; this recipe works extremely well in a Crock pot as well as the more traditional Le Creuset casserole dishes. French comfort food at it's best! Serve with mashed potatoes & crisp Savoy Cabbage.
This recipe can be easily doubled for bigger or hungry crowds of diners!
NOTE on BEANS:
I use tinned/canned beans or pre-soaked and cooked beans in this recipe; for uncooked beans, you will need to soak them overnight and then boil them; then increase the cooking time by about 15 minutes. This was posted as a "Cheat's" recipe, meaning cutting a few corners if you don't have time - i.e. use tinned beans!!
I have a sausage recipe posted:
Recipe #190045 that would work well with this recipe.
A nice change from the usual beef and beans casseroles, this stew uses ingredients I always have on hand. Filling and not too spicy. Use canned beans that have chili seasonings and peppers, such as Heinz.
This NOT diet food!! If you're looking for "no fat, low chlorestrol, low cal etc., DO NOT EVEN READ THIS RECIPE!! This is old fashioned Ranch Stew, meant to fill a tired hungry cowboy. Revised from the old west, before anyone worried about fat etc. Good for special gatherings, family reunions etc., when people take a little of everything and enjoy it all and go home bursting, once a year!!