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Crockpot Cassoulet

Crockpot Cassoulet

Adapted from Mark Bittman's 2003 slow-cooker cassoulet http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/29/dining/slow-and-low-is-the-way-to-go.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound(s) small white beans, washed, rinsed, soaked overnight, drained
  • 1/4 pound(s) unsmoked bacon, chopped
  • 1 pound(s) boneless pork shoulder, trimmed, chunked
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2/3 cup(s) white wine
  • 2 cup(s) canned tomatoes with juice, peeled, diced
  • 8 clove(s) garlic, peeled, crushed
  • 4 sprig(s) thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 carrots, peeled, chunked
  • 3/4 pound(s) unsmoked sausages, casing removed
  • 2 duck legs
  • chicken stock, as needed

Preparation

Prep

1. Brown bacon and remove to paper towels; reserve cooked bacon for topping finished cassoulet, leave fat in pan

2. Pat dry the pork cubes and brown in batches, removing to large bowl as they're browned

3. Reduce heat, add onions to the pan, stir til soft & golden brown.

4. Add wine and simmer til reduced by half

5. Add beans, tomatoes, garlic and bring to high simmer

Assembly

1. Layer of hot bean mixture in bottom of crockpot

2. Nestle portion of pork, carrots, sausage, sprig of thyme onto beans

3. Repeat, remembering to include a bay leaf and duck leg in two of the layers

4. Add stock to cover by 2"

Slow-Cook

Cook on high 5 hours or low 7 hours -- check earlier in case the cassoulet is done sooner

Finish

It's ready out of the crockpot /or/ you can transfer to an oven casserole and bake at 400 to crust/dry. Top with bacon, serve with bread and red wine.

(What we do here is more complicated that the minimalist version -- Bittman foregoes the stovetop prep, puts everything into a crockpot, adds stock or water to cover by c. 2" and then cooks, finishing in the oven topped with breadcrumbs.)

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