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    Butter Me Up! Baked Butter Bean, Bacon and Thyme Cassoulet

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    45 mins

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    French Tart's Note:

    A delicious combination of butter beans baked au gratin with crisp bacon, onions and thyme - all bound in a tomato, crème fraiche and wine sauce! This should also be known as Fragrant Savoury Room Scenter - as the smell as this cooks is divine!! This recipe is real European fusion cuisine - the cassoulet idea from France, with the parmesan and wine sauce from Italy, and the crispy smoked bacon rashers from England. Serve this as a main meal for supper or lunch with salad and crusty bread, or as an accompaniment for sausages, stews, casseroles or roast meats........the bacon can be left out if you are serving it as an accompaniment. NB: This recipe was born when I tried to follow a recipe posted here on Zaar, Quick Gratin of Beans and Bacon - posted by Lindsey and originally a Nigel Slater recipe; I had no haricot beans, but I did have butter beans and lots of other bits and bobs to use up! I LOVE Lindsey's recipe - but feel that this recipe is different enough to warrant posting it - so, thanks to Linds and Nigel for the original idea! Preparation time includes cooking the bacon and the onion.

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    Cassoulet

    Topping

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400°F Lightly grease an ovenproof gratin dish with a little olive oil.
    2. 2
      Topping: Mix the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and garlic together. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Set aside.
    3. 3
      Cassoulet: Fry the bacon pieces in a large frying pan until crisp. Take the bacon pieces out and add the chopped onions - fry them gently in the bacon fat until the onion is soft but not coloured. Add the fresh thyme leaves and mix through.
    4. 4
      Add the bacon to the onion and thyme mixture and then gently mix the butter beans through the mixture.
    5. 5
      In a large bowl, add the crème fraiche, tomato paste, wine and sugar - mix thoroughly. Season with pepper and a little salt, as the bacon is already quite salty.
    6. 6
      Add the bacon and butter bean mixture to the crème fraiche and wine sauce - mix gently.
    7. 7
      Transfer all the butter bean mixture to the greased gratin dish. Sprinkle the topping over evenly and place the sliced tomatoes on top in an attractive pattern.
    8. 8
      Bake for about 30 minutes or until the cassoulet is bubbling and the topping is a golden brown.
    9. 9
      Serve immediately with a large bowl of salad and crusty bread, or, as an accompaniment for sausages, roast meat and poultry, casseroles, stews or grilled meat.
    10. 10
      Serves 3 people as a main meal and 6 people as an accompaniment.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 07, 2008

      55

      This was delicious. I wasn't paying attention and used white wine instead of red but it was great. Next time I make this I will use red like the recipe intends :)

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    • on April 24, 2008

      55

      Delicious! This was absolute gorgeous, and it did indeed make the house smell lovely. I used dried butter beans and they got quite soft through cooking and turned into a kind of mash, but I don't think this was a problem at all. I didn't have any red wine so I used 2 tbs red wine vinegar and made the rest of the volume up with water. I served it with some steamed carrots, celeriac and kale. I'll definately be making this again, thank you!

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    Nutritional Facts for Butter Me Up! Baked Butter Bean, Bacon and Thyme Cassoulet

    Serving Size: 1 (285 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 3

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 553.0
     
    Calories from Fat 202
    36%
    Total Fat 22.5 g
    34%
    Saturated Fat 9.9 g
    49%
    Cholesterol 64.1 mg
    21%
    Sodium 1502.2 mg
    62%
    Total Carbohydrate 56.0 g
    18%
    Dietary Fiber 12.3 g
    49%
    Sugars 6.8 g
    27%
    Protein 27.1 g
    54%

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