Mommy Makes Cassoulet the Easy Way!

11 Dec
A rich warm meal for the whole family without the hours of cooking.
Cassoulet usually involves, duck and pork and sausage of some sort, here is my simple recipe for a look alike! If you like you can add bread crumbs mixed with a bit of olive oil on top and you broil the dish for an added crunch. Wait to add salt until the end because the salt pork adds a lot of salt to the dish.

1 chicken cut up
2 inches salt pork, diced
Pure olive oil
1 cup pearl barley
1 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, chopped
4 chippolini or pearl onions, quartered
1/2 red onion, diced
2 cups chicken broth
2 Tbs thyme, fresh
1 Tbs celery seed

1 bay leaf
1 cup mushrooms quartered
1 can white beans (such a Great Northern), drained
Salt
Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 ˚F

Coat hot Dutch Oven with olive oil. Brown chicken on medium heat in a batches in Dutch oven
Remove chicken, drain grease and set aside.
Add bacon, barley, all onions and garlic, stir to coat, add broth all herbs and mushrooms.
Cook covered in 350˚F oven until chicken is tender. About 1 hour.

Remove lid, add beans tuck under chicken so they don’t burn.
Broil uncovered 5- 10 minutes to crisp skin.

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5 Responses to “Mommy Makes Cassoulet the Easy Way!”

  1. Rose December 17, 2008 at 2:27 AM #

    Oh, sob, I’d make this in a heartbeat if my hubby would eat salt pork (simply the most wonderful thing on earth), but the silly man won’t eat pork. WAHHH

  2. Greg Turner December 16, 2008 at 6:16 PM #

    What a great and simple recipe! This is totally going into my weekend rotation.

  3. Jennifer Carden December 13, 2008 at 4:38 PM #

    Thanks for the comments. I really wanted to write that Trader Joe’s book!!!

  4. Becky December 13, 2008 at 9:53 AM #

    Mmm looks great! I love easy healthy recipes, and just bought Trader Joe’s new recipe book titled, “Cooking with All Things Trader Joe’s,” by Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati. It has become my favorite recipe book!

  5. Colleen/FoodieTots December 11, 2008 at 6:40 PM #

    Oh yum. I make a simple chicken cassoulet too, my toddler loves it. I like the addition of barley though, will have to try that next time.

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