Butter-tossed breadcrumbs stirred in at the end give this dish a robust stewlike consistency. Meatless Italian sausage stands in for the traditional pork sausage. With this recipe, you can also sauté the sausage slices in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned, then stir into the dish.
Just made this overnight in the slow cooker and it's great! I did change a few things slightly. I didn't cook any vegetables in the skillet before adding to the crockpot. Rather, I just put everything in the crockpot at the same time to cook overnight (vegetables, beans, spices, meat). I used chicken Italian sausage that was precooked and added it at the start with everything else. Had the meant not been precooked, I would have cooked it first. Oh, I also added celery because I had some that I needed to use up. I haven't even added the cheese and breadcumbs yet and I love it!
We do everything on the stove top the night before and add browned vegetarian apple sage sausage and the breadcrumb mix the next day. The breadcrumb mixture makes the dish. It is outstanding! This is one of my favorite recipes.
Always looking for a good crockpot recipe!! I doubled the garlic & thyme. Browned and added a couple of turkey Italian sausages, a pork chop and a leftover chicken thigh at the beginning, chopped them up right before serving. (Alas, no duck confit available.)
I cooked it on low 7 1/2 hours, turned it up to high and left the lid off for the last half hour to reduce a bit. Don't skip the buttered-breadcrumb-and-cheese step!!! Served it in shallow bowls with crusty French rolls on the side. Merveilleux!
Delicious, great winter stew. I put a pound of pork shoulder and some chicken thigh meat in at the beginning, and used chicken stock instead of vegetable broth. In the last hour I sauteed two Italian sausages and added them. I will definitely make this again.