Monday, June 2, 2014

French Cassoulet Texas Style

Cassoulet is a French casserole that is made with white beans and different meats, sometimes including sausages, goose and even mutton.    It is a rustic dish that is slow cooked to allow all the flavors to blend into a wonderful hearty and comforting dish. The French Cassoulet originates in the south of France near Castelnaudary and is named because of the deep casserole type pot that it is prepared in. 

Cassoulet Texas Style


My French Cassoulet Texas Style always reminds me of our time in France and how some parts of France remind me of our beautiful Hill Country here in Texas. We had so many lovely memories of the French people and their fantastic food!

French Cassoulet Texas Style
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Ingredients
1 pound Great Northern White Beans
1 pound smoked sausage, sliced 
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
4 slices thick cut bacon, chopped or
1 small piece of salt pork
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Directions
Rinse and sort beans in a large pot.  
To 1 pounds of beans add 8 cups hot water.  Bring to a rapid boil, and boil for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat
Cover and let stand 1 hour, drain and rinse beans.
While the beans are draining, in the cooking pot, cook the chopped bacon and render the fat.
Add the chopped onions, peppers and garlic saute until the onions are clear.
Add the slice sausage and blend well.
Pour the drained and rinsed beans back into the pot.
Add the chopped rosemary, thyme, parsley, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and mix well.
Add 6 cups of water and stir
Bring to boil and cover, reduce the heat to low and cook for 1 1/2 hours or until the beans are tender.
Tip: Be sure and watch the water level, so you don't let your beans cook dry and burn or stick to the bottom of the pan.
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The Beans Are Ready To Drain


Saute The Veggies


Add The Sausage and The Beans


Cook The Cassoulet and Ready To Serve


Enjoy!


It is always nice to take a walk down memory lane and remember traveling across France on the train, enjoying rustic French meals with the wonderful French people and of course, who could ever forget Paris.  Hope you are making memories with your family and friends, cherish every moment.
Peace and Joy

8 comments:

  1. I love meals like this, hearty and comforting. Blessings, Catherine

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  2. Oh it really does look yummy. I love bean recipes like this. I want to try it. I really didn't realize your from the Dallas area. We are neighbors. I am in Keller. Glad to meet another Texan.
    Have a wonderful week. I am following so I'll come by and see you again.

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  3. Had to chuckle at "Texas Style" in the title... wondered if there'd be any armadillo in it:@) You know I'm goofing and that I love beans! This sounds very tasty!

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  4. Oh my goodness, that looks amazing! I'm pinning this right now. Thanks for the recipe.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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  5. G'day! Looks great! Viewing as part of the The Weekend Retreat Link Party #71!
    Cheers! Joanne
    http://whatsonthelist.net

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  6. This is so hearty and comforting, Miz Helen. My husband made cassoulet once and it was a huge undertaking involving duck confit and other hijinks. I like this Texas style version!
    Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Your Cassoulet looks delicious, Miz Helen! I have had many different versions of cassoulet in different countries over the years (some better than others!) and your Texas Style version sounds really lovely to me.

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