I confess I have only ever really had Cassoulet once. It was when we were visiting my son in Canada and it was delicious. He's a good cook, and he's not afraid to try new things. He's always been that way. Normally Cassoulet contains duck and takes hours to prepare. This delicious casserole uses chicken thighs and tinned beans and uses only a fraction of the time of this traditional French stew.
I adapted it from a recipe I found on the Canadian Living site. I basically used all of the same ingredients but put them together in a different way which I felt was better. (No offense to Canadian Living! This is just what worked for me!)
In addition to cubed Chicken thigh meat it contains a lovely variety of vegetables . . . onions, fennel, (I LOVE FENNEL) and carrots . . .
Plenty of garlic and thinly sliced garlic sausage. I picked up mine in the Polish section of the grocery shop. I was taking my chances as I don't speak Polish and the information on the pack was in Polish, but it worked out beautifully. Did you know there are about a bazillion different types of Polish Sausage? Its amazing! (And they all have Kielbasa in the title. I reckon Kielbasa is Polish for sausage.)
A tin of chopped tomatoes goes into the mix along with a drained tin of cannellini beans. I like to use Cirio Chopped Tomatoes in Juice. They're fabulous! The finest Italian Plum tomatoes, carved into large pieces designed to preserve the flavour and intensity of Italian tomatoes. Fragrant and tasty and beautifully coloured. I could eat them out of the tin with a spoon and sometimes do. (Don't judge me.)
I love meals which I can throw together like this using store cupboard ingredients that go together lickety split. This is delicious. There is no other word for it. It's hearty and delicious, and so simple to make. The perfect comfort meal for a cold and drizzly day.
It's also diabetic friendly and fairly healthy, with lots of vegetables and protein and very low carbs. I think this will be a dish we have often here in my home. Of course if you don't have to worry about carbs you will want to serve some crusty bread with this to mop up all of those fabulous flavours!
*Quick Cassoulet*Serves 6
2 tsp butter2 slices of fresh white bread, made into crumbs (about 1/2 cup)
I hope you will give this a go and that you enjoy it as much as we did. Bon Appetit!