Thomas Keller's Slow-cooker Cassoulet

Thomas Keller's Slow-cooker Cassoulet

Ready in 10 hours
3.8 avg, 4 review(s) 75% would make again

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Easy version of Cassoulet; serve with crusty French Breach to sop up sauce

"Use mild chorizo or else not as much. Can be very spicy. Otherwise terrific."

- jamesra

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4 lb. boneless pork shoulder; cut into 8 pieces and trimmed of excess fat
Kosher; salt and freshly ground pepper
2 Tbs. Canola oil
1 cup panko
4 oz. thick-cut bacon; cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips
4 cups coarsely chopped yellow onions; (about 3 medium onions)
2 cups dry white wine; such as Sauvignon Blanc
1/4 cup Tomato paste
1 35-oz can Italian plum tomatoes; peeled, drained and coarsely chopped
2 cups Chicken broth
12 cups Great Northern beans or other small white beans; cooked and drained
1 1/2 lb. fresh chorizo sausage; each halved on the bias
1 garlic head; halved crosswise
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley; plus more for garnish
1 lb. baguette; cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
Extra-virgin olive oil; for brushing
sea salt; coarse grind

Original recipe makes 0

 

Preparation

Season the pork generously with kosher salt and pepper; set aside.

In the stovetop-safe insert of a slow cooker over medium-high heat, combine the canola oil and panko. Cook, stirring constantly, until the panko is toasted and golden, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer the panko to a baking sheet and season with kosher salt and pepper.

Add the bacon to the insert and cook until crisp on both sides, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Reserve the bacon fat in the insert.

Add half of the pork to the insert and brown on all sides, 7 to 8 minutes total. Transfer to a platter. Repeat with the remaining pork.

Add the onions and 1 tsp. kosher salt to the insert and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and softened, about 7 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until reduced by half, about 8 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, tomatoes and broth. Remove the insert from the heat and add the beans, pork, chorizo and garlic.

Place the insert on the slow-cooker base, cover and cook on low until the pork pulls apart easily with a fork, 9 to 10 hours. Skim off the fat, and remove and discard the garlic. Fold in the panko and the 1/4 cup parsley. Adjust the seasonings with kosher salt and pepper.

Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat the broiler.

Brush the baguette slices with olive oil. Arrange the slices, oiled side up, on top of the cassoulet, overlapping them. Broil until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes.

Let the cassoulet stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving. Sprinkle each serving with the reserved bacon, sea salt and parsley. Serves 8 to 10.

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Delicious cold weather comfort food! photo by sgrishka sgrishka

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Use mild chorizo or else not as much. Can be very spicy. Otherwise terrific.
jamesra 2 years ago
OK, using a slow-cooker isn't the traditional method to prepare an 'authentic cassoulet'...but who really cares? As far as I'm concerned, if Keller is willing to put his name on it, it's worth trying. I did have to make a few modifications. First, I halved the recipe to fit my smaller crockpot with its ceramic insert since Keller's recipe is designed for All-Clad's 7-quart cooker with a non-stick aluminum insert. I also used a heavy 12-inch skillet for toasting the panko crumbs, browning the pork shoulder, frying the bacon, sauteing the onions and reducing the wine since I didn't have All-Clad's stovetop-safe insert. As for ingredients, instead of the fresh chorizo sausage called for in this recipe, I used a precooked Spanish-style chorizo sausage as called for in Keller's original recipe. Since there was so little liquid in the recipe, I added an extra cup of stock just to be safe, but that proved unnecessary in the end. I'd still hold a cup of stock in reserve just in case the beans get too dry. And lastly, instead of placing baguette slices over the top of the cassoulet and putting the insert under the broiler, I toasted the bread separately and served it alongside the stew. This easy variation of cassoulet was deeply flavorful, garlicky and satisfying...ideal for anyone craving true winter comfort food with a mouth-watering aroma and rich flavors.
sgrishka 4 years ago
deeder5 4 years ago
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deeder5 4 years ago
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