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Monday, March 22, 2010

Weekday Cassoulet

This is another Melissa d'Arabian, the Next Food Network Star, recipe. I saw it on her show, Ten Dollar Dinners, a couple weeks ago and was interested in trying it for sure. Cassoulet seems so daunting to make and this is a nice, simple spin on the classic. I will make this again, it was very flavorful. Since C doesn't eat tomatoes and I found them unnecessary, I will probably omit them in the future. I made a couple of changes from the original, but nothing major.
Weekday Cassoulet
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4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, cut in 1/2 through the bone
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound slab bacon, sliced into large lardons
1 large onion, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup white wine
2 cups cooked Northern white beans
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 tomato, sliced very thinly
1/3 cup Bread Crumbs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse and dry the chicken well and season with salt and pepper. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.

In a large Dutch oven, over medium-low heat, add the bacon and slowly render the fat. Remove the bacon to a plate when crispy, leaving the fat in the pan. Raise the heat to medium-high and add the chicken, skin side down. Brown the chicken on both sides and then remove to a plate. Add the onion, carrots and garlic and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Deglaze the pan with white wine and reduce by half. Stir in the beans, bay leaf and thyme. Nestle the chicken thighs and bacon into the pot. Add the chicken stock, cover and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, remove the lid and top the cassoulet with sliced tomatoes and the Garlic Bread Crumbs. Return to the oven and bake, uncovered, 15 minutes longer. Serve the cassoulet with baguette slices.
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3 comments:

French lover said...

Oh my that cassoulet looks delicious !!

Kelsey said...

That looks really yummy!

papawow said...

I had my first taste of cassoulet recently and although I loved it, I didn't imagine myself taking it on anytime soon. Thanks for the recipe, I could see pulling this of in the near future.

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