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Easy Cassoulet with Smoked Sausage and Ham

SERVINGS
6-8
PREP TIME
20 min
COOK TIME
90 min

INGREDIENTS

  • 6-8 slices Coleman Natural Bacon, cut into small matchstick pieces
  • 1 package Coleman Natural Polish Kielbasa, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound Coleman Natural Ham, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup carrots, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2, 14.5-ounce cans white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, slightly crushed
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

INSTRUCTIONS

1 Preheat oven to 350° F.

2 Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add the bacon; cook until crispy and then remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the sausage to the skillet, brown in the bacon fat, and then remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Drain off excess fat from the skillet.

3 Add the onion, celery, and carrots to the skillet and cook until slightly softened, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4 Add the garlic and wine and deglaze the pan, using a wooden spoon to lift any of the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking until the wine is nearly evaporated.

5 Combine the cooked vegetables with the bacon, sausage, ham, white beans, thyme, stock, and tomatoes in a large bowl and gently stir together. Pour into a 3-quart oven-safe casserole dish or two smaller casserole dishes.

6 Heat the olive oil and garlic cloves in a small skillet over medium high heat until the garlic is fragrant, about a minute. Remove the garlic cloves and discard; stir in the breadcrumbs until they are coated evenly with olive oil.

7 Remove from the heat and combine with the parsley. Pour the breadcrumbs over the cassoulet and bake uncovered for 1 hour.

Tips
Celery leaves flavor a dish as well as the stalks and are perfect to use in a recipe where the celery is cooked and doesn’t need to stay crunchy. Save leftovers from a Coleman Natural ham for later use in casseroles like this. Remove the meat from the bone, shred it or chop it, and freeze in pre-portioned packages.