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    Italian Cassoulet (Italian Chili)

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    2 hrs 45 mins

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    Blue Bustard's Note:

    I have been “evolving” this recipe for a couple of years as an alternative to the standard (mostly boring) chili that gets presented in the yearly cookoff. This IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!!!!! Nevertheless, it is eminently edible in this configuration. I’m still developing it (sliced mushrooms added last time, OK, but just cluttered up the effect.) Next time maybe I’ll chunk the onion instead of dice, or substitute eggplant for some of the bell pepper. You will notice there is neither salt nor pepper in this recipe – you won't need any!

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    1. 1
      Simmer beans about an hour to an hour and a half in plenty of water until almost done. You don't want the beans disintegrating during the next stage of cooking.
    2. 2
      Drain and set aside.
    3. 3
      Add olive oil to large, heavy pot.
    4. 4
      Cook sausage, pepper, onions and coarse garlic until sausage is no longer pink, stirring to break up meat into chunks, about 3/8” or so.
    5. 5
      Add tomatoes, minced garlic, beans, broth, habaneros and rosemary.
    6. 6
      Bring to simmer, cover and simmer an hour or so – until beans are done and rosemary has absorbed enough liquid to be comfortably edible.
    7. 7
      Refrigerate for one day.
    8. 8
      Then reheat amounts as needed and serve with Pugliese and a fine Chianti.
    9. 9
      Makes about a gallon.

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    • on April 10, 2010


      This is a good recipe with great potential. A few things kept me from giving it 5 stars. As instructed, I simmered my overnight-soaked beans about an hour until I thought they were "almost done," but perhaps Bustard's idea of "almost done," and mine are different, because after I completed the recipe, I realized I should have cooked the beans longer in that first step. I should have brought the beans to a boil, reduced the heat, covered the pot and then simmered an hour. Nevertheless, as I plugged through the recipe, careful to follow the ingredient list and instructions, I felt like 3 cups of chicken broth wasn't enough liquid (even with the tomatoes) to finish cooking the beans (since I had drained them), so I added about 2 more cups of broth. (While I didn't use R.L. Schreiber, I did use a good quality boxed broth.) Also, the directions didn't state when to add the onions, so I added them when I cooked the sausage, pepper & course garlic, which worked out fine. Having said all that, I want you to know that the end result is flavorful and delicious! Don't be afraid of using all that garlic, or even the habanero. I suppose you could substitute the habanero for a milder pepper, but DO NOT cut the garlic short. I will definitely try this recipe again. I may sub. Italian seasoning for some of the Rosemary. Thank you, Blue Bustard, for sharing this recipe. It's a great concept! *Made for PAC Spring 2010

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    Nutritional Facts for Italian Cassoulet (Italian Chili)

    Serving Size: 1 (255 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 665.3
    Calories from Fat 302
    Total Fat 33.6 g
    Saturated Fat 11.2 g
    Cholesterol 71.5 mg
    Sodium 1115.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 59.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 21.2 g
    Sugars 9.1 g
    Protein 33.5 g

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