If you want a one-pot meal that can satisfy the whole family, my French-style cassoulet is the perfect choice. This meal is truly designed as a "set it and forget it" recipe, which gives you more free time to spend with your family and friends.
Originating in pre-war French villages, cassoulet is both rich in texture and satisfying to to even the most sophisticated of palettes. The dish is named after its traditional cooking vessel, the cassole, a deep, round, earthenware pot with slanting sides.
While this dish dates back to the 14th century, modern American restaurants often apply the term "cassoulet" to any hearty bean-based casserole, much like baked beans. The flavors may have changed a bit over 700 years, but the tradition remains the same: true French-style cassoulet can take up to two full days to prepare.
I don't have that kind of time and I'm sure you don't either. For this reason, I have pared down a few of the expensive ingredients and snuck in a few additions of my own. My new take on cassoulet will take only three short hours, a far cry from the demanding original recipe
16 ounces white beans (soaked overnight and washed)
4 chicken thighs (sauteed skin side down)
4 duck sausages (or hot dogs)
3 sprigs of fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, tarragon)
4 strips of fried bacon
1 small onion (finely chopped)
3 whole cloves of garlic
6 cups chicken stock
salt & pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
Set on medium heat for 3 hours.