Pork Belly and Smoked Sausage Cassoulet

"Found this in my local paper by donal link. 8-10 servings"
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Ready In:
5hrs 30mins




  • Put the beans in a large pot and cover with cold water by 6 inches , soak overnight and then drain.
  • season pork belly cubes with 1 tablespoons of the salt and 2 tsp of the pepper . Heat large pot preferably cast iron, over med- high heat.
  • heat oven to 250 degrees.
  • sear the belly pieces in the rendered belly fat until lightly browned about 2-3 minutes . add the onion celery carrots garlic bay leaves red pepper flakes, and thyme plus the remaining 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper.
  • sauté until the vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes pour in the wine and simmer to slightly reduce about 3 minutes add the tomato paste and mustard and cook, stirring until the ingredients are combined.
  • return the seared pork belly and its juices to the pot. add 1 qt of the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. then cover. and simmer for 60-70 minutes the pork belly will be cooked and slightly tender but should not fall apart.
  • add the beans and remaining 1 qt broth, or enough to comfortably cover the beans by 2 inches. put in the oven and bake , uncovered, stirring the top crust into the beans every hour or so, until the beans are tender. about 3 1/2 hours. add a little more broth if needed to keep beans moist and submerged.
  • Increase the oven temp to 450 cook for another 30 mins to form a crust on top of the bean mixture. push the crust to the middle of the pot. cook for another 15 mins to form a new crust. The cassoulet will have a deep brown crust and look rich. Cool for at least 30 mins before serving.

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  1. Heather Mehlschau
    I actually saw this on another blog and pretty much followed it, though I had a 1 lb. bad of Rancho Gordo Cassoulet beans (highly recommend) and used 1.2 lb. pork belly and some random andouille sausages (1 lb.) I also didn't wait the 3 1/2 hours but cooked 3 hours at 300 F, then 1/2 hour at 450 (which helped), since we were getting hungry...so no crust, but it tasted great!


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