A cassoulet is a French dish of beans, sausages, and meat that's covered and slowly cooked. Our Test Kitchens version is covered with a cornbread crust. Check your cookware information to make sure your skillet's handle is ovenproof up to 400° or higher. If not--just prep in a traditional skillet and then bake in a casserole dish that holds 2 1/4 to 3 quarts. (You can measure your dish capacity using water if the dish is not labeled.)
1 (16-ounce) package smoked sausage, sliced
1 pound uncooked chicken breast strips, chopped
1 (15.8-ounce) can great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with onion and garlic, drained
1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 (6-ounce) package buttermilk cornbread mix
2/3 cup water or milk
How to Make It
Cook sausage in a 2 1/4- to 3-quart ovenproof skillet over medium heat 8 minutes or until browned. Remove sausage from skillet, and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet. Set sausage aside.
Cook chicken in hot drippings in skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until brown.
Return sausage to skillet with chicken. Stir in beans and next 3 ingredients. Bring to a boil.
Stir together cornbread mix and 2/3 cup water. Pour evenly over hot sausage mixture in skillet.
Bake at 400° for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Martha White Buttermilk Cornbread Mix. We also used a Le Creuset 2 1/4-quart (8 1/2-inch-diameter x 3-inch-deep) Saucier Pan at one testing and a hand-me-down 3-quart (10-inch-diameter x 3-inch-deep) cast-iron skillet at another testing. Both skillets worked fine.
I thought this was a really good recipe. I increased the meat by half and doubled the beans and tomatoes. I double the thyme, also, but wouldn't recommend. Maybe increase it slightly, but not double. I also used a chicken & turkey lowfat italian sausage, which was excellent. Served with a simple side salad and glass of wine. BF raved about it, so definitely will make again.
This was a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs dish, without being too heavy or rich. I was a little concerned b/c most of the cornbread mixture appeared to sink when poured over the top, but the final product turned out perfectly.
Love this recipe! It is easy and very warming on a cold wintry day. I've made it several times. I will warn that the most recent time, I used Jiffy yellow cornbread mix and it was way too sweet. Stick with the Martha White mix.