Saturday, October 18, 2008

Cassoulet

This is the perfect Winnie-the-Pooh blustery day recipe! Looks like a lot of work, but what it is is a lot of ingredients. Really, hardly any work at all. Well, if you have a decent can opener, that is.
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Cassoulet
1 lb Polish or smoked sausage, diagonally sliced into 1-inch pieces
1 15-oz can great northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 15-oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 15-oz can tomato sauce
2 med carrots, cut lengthwise in half, then sliced thin
2 small parsnips, cut lengthwise in half, then sliced thin
1 rib celery, sliced on the diagonal
1 med onion, sliced and separated into rings
1 T honey
1 c broth
1/2 c wine
2 T fresh thyme OR 1 t dried leaves
2-4 garlic cloves, pressed

Put everything in the crockpot. Cook all day. How much easier can it be?
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A couple of observations:
  • It makes enough for the Army. However, it freezes very well, and if you aren't feeding the Army and are so inclined, you can freeze it in one-serving portions. That way you will have to cook only once all winter, and there's a lot to be said for that.
  • It is ok to experiment! Use what you have in your hand. *Somebody* invented this recipe. Might as well be you.
  • If you don't have carrots, try a sweet potato. If parsnips are unfindable at your store, use a turnip. You could probably even use white potatoes, although I'm not sure I would go that far. Ssshhhh, don't tell anyone, but...I am about tired of potatoes. That is practically sacrilegious in this family.
  • This recipe is actually my tweaked version. The original calls for 1 15-oz can of crushed tomatoes and 2 T of tomato paste. I can't stand chunky tomatoes floating around in my soup, and what do I do with the rest of the can of tomato paste besides wait for it to spoil in my refrigerator so I can throw it away? So...tomato sauce. The whole can.
  • I'm not a big fan of refined sugar, so the 1 T honey is my response to the 2 T packed brown sugar in the original. There are those who believe that honey = sugar, but I am not one of them. I figure that as the only food for one of the hardest-working creatures in nature, honey has to have something better going for it.
  • Broth? Use chicken or beef, or even veggie. Whatever you have on hand.
  • Wine? Red, white, burgundy. Your choice.
  • Don't be afraid to add last night's leftover roast chicken along with the sausage. Or instead of the sausage.
  • And when it comes to garlic, go for the max. Or more!
  • One more thing: the recipe really says: Mix all ingredients in a large, heavy, lidded pot. Bring stew up to a simmer on top of the stove; cover and transfer to 375-degree oven for one hour. Forget the heck out of that. Give me my good old crockpot any day!
  • Oh, and serve with crusty French bread.
This stuff is soooo good, even those who shall remain nameless like it, and that is definitely a compliment.

YUM-YES, as the Princess would say. This is just GOOD. Try it!

4 comments:

Just Say No to Cardinals said...

1) how dare you diss potatoes.
2) just for the record, sweet potatoes are POTATOES
3) this sounds REALLY good. add that to my POTATO soup, stir fry, steak and onion pie, and lemonade pie christmas requests.

love you!

grammaw marina said...

TWO Winnie the Pooh references - windy and honey! Recipe bloggin' is so good.

jlbo1981 said...

Anything crock pot in my book has to be good. I LOVE my crock pot.njtdyd

Civilla said...

Oooh! That sounds good. I'm gonna try it! Thanks for following my blog.