• Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Serves: 8

Shortcut French Cassoulet

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 Ingredients List

  • 1 ½ tablespoons Duck Fat* (or butter may be substituted)
  • 8 bone-in skin-on Chicken Thighs , rinsed, dried with paper towels and lightly salted and peppered
  • 1 pound Garlic Sausages , uncooked**
  • ½ pound thick-cut Bacon , cut across the bacon into 1 inch pieces 1 medium Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2 small Carrots , chopped (unpeeled)
  • 1 large stalk Celery , chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Italian Parsley , diced
  • 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
  • 1 29- ounce can Cannellini (or White Kidney) Beans, drained
  • 4 cups (1 quart) Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 3 large Garlic Cloves , minced
  • 2 cups fresh Soft Bread crumbs from a baguette (I used Udi’s Gluten Free Baguettes)+


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a 5 ½ quart (or larger) pot or French/Dutch oven, liquefy the duck fat at medium heat. Place the chicken thighs skin down in the bottom of the pan. Allow to cook for 8 minutes on Medium to Medium High, periodically checking to be sure the skin is not sticking to the pan (if it is gently slide a heat-proof spatula underneath to free the skin).
Using heatproof tongs, tune the chicken thighs over and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from pan to a plate; set aside.
Add the sausages to the same pan and brown on each side (approximately 3-4 minutes total). Remove and set aside.
Add the bacon to the pan. Sauté to render the fat only (about 3 minutes). The fat will turn a gray color and be more translucent though the bacon will still be supple and pliable. Remove with a heatproof slotted spoon, allowing excess fat to drain back into the pan before setting the bacon aside (all the meat may be piled onto the same ‘holding’ plate).
Reserve 2 tablespoons of the pan fat (leave it in the pan) and discard the remaining fat.
Add the onions to the pan and sauté over medium-high heat scraping all the browned bits from the bottom and sides of the pan. Sauté until the onions begin to turn translucent but are not limp.
Add the carrots, celery, parsley, herbes de Provence, beans and chicken stock; stir to combine. Add the bacon to the pot; stir to combine. Insert the chicken thighs and sausage into the stew so they are covered.
In a small bowl combine the bread crumbs and diced garlic. Sprinkle it evenly over the stew. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, periodically pressing the bread crumbs into the stew which will help thicken it.
Place the stew underneath the broiler to slightly brown the top crumbs and remove from oven. Allow to sit for a few minutes, cut sausages into 2 inch pieces stirring them back into the stew, and serve. The stew is even more flavorful the second day too!

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