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3 hrs 30 mins
French Tart's Note:
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!! P.S. I have a sausage recipe posted: Old Fashioned English Spiced Pork and Herb Sausages or Bangers! that would work well with this recipe.
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- 50 g lardons or 50 g bacon, chopped into small dice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 450 g meaty sausages
- 4 lean pork chops, cut into large pieces
- 400 g tinned beans
- cannellini or navy beans or mixed beans or haricot beans or butter beans
- 1 onion, peeled & diced
- 4 carrots, peeled & diced into biggish chunks
- 400 g chopped tomatoes
- 400 ml chicken stock
- 200 ml red wine
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 garlic cloves (or more)
- 50 g breadcrumbs
- 1 bouquet garni
- 1Heat olive oil in a large skillet - fry the bacon until nearly crisp & then add the onions, garlic, & carrots. Cook over a high heat until they are just soft on the outside & turning a golden colour. Drain well & remove from pan. Add to crock pot or Le Creuset casserole dish.
- 2Add sausages and brown - remove & add to onion mixture.
- 3Add pork chop pieces & brown - remove and add to above mixture.
- 4Make up chicken stock and add wine. Mix tomatoes in with stock & teaspoon of sugar.
- 5Pour stock and tomatoes over the cassoulet in crock pot or le creuset - add bouquet garni & give everything a good stir!
- 6Add the beans and stir well again.
- 7Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top and cook for up to 6 hours on high in crock pot or in le cresuet for 3 hours in a slow oven with the lid on, 150C/300°F.
- 8Half an hour before serving, take lid of le creuset to brown the top. It's difficult to brown in a crock pot, but it's not that essential to brown the top, as the reason behind the breadcrumbs is to soak up some of the juice & make a crust on top! If your crock pot is the type which you can put under the grill, then do so!
- 9Serve with mountains of fluffy mashed potatoes & stir-fried Savoy Cabbage.
- 10NOTE ON SAUSAGES:.
- 11Try to use very good quality high meat content sausages; in France Toulouse sausages are mainly used - they generally have a meat content of at least 85%. Good quality English style sausages are also good - I have a recipe posted for some English sausages: Old Fashioned English Spiced Pork and Herb Sausages or Bangers!.
- 12However, any kind of sausage can be used and in the past I have used: Choritzo, Italian Style, Chipolatas etc.
- 13The Pork chops can be replaced with chicken pieces, lamb steaks or Confit D'Canard - preserved duck, if you are lucky enought to have some!
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Nutritional Facts for Cheat's French Cassoulet - Crock Pot or Le Creuset
Serving Size: 1 (313 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 559.6
- Calories from Fat 319
- Total Fat 35.4 g
- Saturated Fat 10.9 g
- Cholesterol 84.0 mg
- Sodium 1002.5 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 27.7 g
- Dietary Fiber 3.9 g
- Sugars 10.4 g
- Protein 23.0 g
The following items or measurements are not included:
lean pork chops