Friday, April 14, 2017

French Cassoulet & More Wurst

We both wanted white beans and I had been wanting to try cassoulet and we had sausage so that’s what we made using some more sausage from The Wurst Kitchen.  I looked around and found a fairly simple recipe to use from My Recipes, that I altered a little.

Cassoulet - Adapted from My Recipes
8 bone-in chicken thighs (I used a whole chicken)
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
8 ounces chicken sausage or kielbasa, cut into 1/4-inch slices – note 1
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 celery rib, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
2 carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 (19-ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup chopped Italian or flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Note 1 – I used 1½ lb of regular Bratwurst from The Wurst Kitchen and did not slice it.
Note 2 – I made it a one pot meal by cooking everything in a 12” Dutch oven.
Note 3 – I could not get motivated to make it the night before so I made it early the morning of the meal.

Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large deep-sided skillet (Dutch oven) over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and cook in batches, turning occasionally, 10 minutes or until well browned. Remove chicken to a plate, and set aside.

Add sausage to Dutch oven, and cook, turning often, for 6 minutes or until sausage is well browned. Remove from pan and set aside.

Reduce heat to medium, and add onion, celery, and carrot to pan. Cook, stirring often, 10 minutes or until softened. Stir in garlic, and cook 1 minute. Stir in broth, and scrape up any browned bits from bottom of skillet. Add tomato, next 3 ingredients, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; stir to mix well and simmer for 15 minutes.  Add chicken and sausage.

At dinner time, bake uncovered for 30-45 minutes, then remove chicken from the pan, debone, chop into bite sized pieces and return to pan and cut sausage links in half.

Combine breadcrumbs and remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a small bowl; stir to mix well. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle mixture over casserole. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for about 15 minutes or until crumbs are lightly browned.

Plate and enjoy.

I thought it was very good but I was hoping for blow me away delicious for the effort required, but I realize it could have been much simpler to make by following the recipe as written.  It might have also been better had I chosen a more complicated recipe - you get what you pay for.  I’ll bet it would have been blow me away good if our friends and French gourmands Meakin & Sam (My Carolina Kitchen) had made it.  Once again, the sausage was delicious – I’m already planning my next trip to The Wurst Kitchen.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


4/9/17 Meal Date


  1. Sounds like a real interesting recipe, maybe a little more spice to lick it up a notch or two.

  2. Larry, Your cassoulet looks like pure comfort food as far as I'm concerned! You're right about cooking it the day before as these types of dishes pick up more flavor with time... When you head for the Wurst Kitchen again, perhaps you could pick up a few goodies for us! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  3. Well it sure looks delicious. Love those bread crumbs on top. I'm pretty sure what I had in France was called a cassoulet. It had a layer of beautifully browned pasty over the top o the casserole pan it was served in. And served to the table family style. . I'll have to think about that.

  4. Too bad you weren't blown away. I hate when you spend a lot of time on a recipe and it it just 'okay'. I'll bet Sam will have a great recipe :)

  5. Sounds good but I would've definitely put more salt and lots of pepper in it. Wonder what Sam's version would be. :-)

  6. I've never made a cassoulet. I think it looks tasty & hearty - it reminds me of a super thick & meaty bean soup. Glad you are enjoying the Wurst sausages.

  7. I love all kinds of wurst. This sounds so delicious, it made me hungry.

  8. White beans do all kinds of terrible things to my digestive tract, but the rest of the dish sounds good. Too bad you didn't love it for the effort involved.

  9. LOVE all these sausage recipes and this one really sounds good. I love all the ingredients and it must be very satisfying! Hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday.

  10. WELL---I'm sure that "I" would have been blown away by that meal.. YUM..... Anything you cook would be wonderful for me --so just send it this way!!!! ha


  11. I loved the idea of a cassoulet when I first heard of it in the movie, "Gigi". Since then, I've made two of them. The best meat flavors came when the meat was well-browned, as you had it in your version, and added late in the total cooking time. My best one, I feel, was when I cooked the beans with a ham bone, then, added the fresh veggies to cook until done, removing the ham bone before doing so. Once, I caramelized the onions, separately, which added a good flavor. At the end, the beans and veggies were cooked when I added some extra minced garlic & pinches of other flavorings I thought were wearing out; then, the browned sausage and chicken. I didn't use the crumb, which I think is a great addition and will add it next time I do a cassoulet. Dishes like this are designed to make men gentle and to keep them close at home. At least that's what Gramama's cassoulet did for Louis Jourdan. Swoon.....


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