Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet

Introduction:

This dish is inspired by me from our trip to this wonderful village in France called Montignac in Perigord, the wonderful stew is made with white bean and wonderful garlic sausage and some good Bordeaux wine. This is great comfort food, better to make the day before to allow flavors to combine better.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pound white navy bean (dry)
  • 1 pound sausages (duck or lamb)
  • 2 onions 1 diced and one left whole
  • 3 carrots 2 cut in med diced 1 left whole
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • ½ pound smoked bacon cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 6 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1pound smoked sausages
  • 2 cup red wine
  • 2 cups of meat broth or water
  • 4 tablespoon tomato paste

Instructions:

  1. Wash the beans well and put them in a large stockpot
  2. Add water to the beans and set over high eat
  3. After bean comes to a boil add whole carrot and whole onion 2 thyme sprigs and one bay leaf , lower the heat and let it simmer until the beans are mostly tender but still with a little bite to them (about 1 hr)
  4. On a separate large skillet pour the olive oil, add the bacon and cook stirring until crisp, remove the crispy bacon to a paper towel and reserve.
  5. To the same skillet, add the diced onions, carrots and garlic and sweat the mixture for 20 minutes, until translucent
  6. Sliced the (duck or lamb sausages) into ½ inch thick pieces and add them to the vegetables mix.
  7. Add the remaining bay leaf and thyme, the sliced smoked sausages and cook for about 5 minutes.
  8. Add the tomato paste the red wine and let it evaporate.
  9. Add the meat broth or water; raise the heat to high bringing the mixture to boil.
  10. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
  11. Remove the whole onion and carrot from the cook beans and add the cook beans to vegetables and sausage mix.
  12. Let the cassoulet simmer for another 25 minutes or until you reach a creamy consistency as the beans have absorbed most of the liquid.
  13. Spoon mixture into a plate or into an individual casserole dish, sprinkle the top with reserved crispy and served with a crusty garlic baguette on the side.

Pairing:

Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet paired with Pomegranate Me A Wish Juice.

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