Cassoulet

Total Time:
2 hr 30 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
2 hr

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • For the beans:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 pound white navy beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • For the meats:
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 each duck legs confit
  • 1 pound andouille sausage links, cut into 6 equal portions
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound roasted duck, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • For the gratine:
  • 3/4 cup dried fine bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Essence, recipe follows
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Garnish:
  • Essence, recipe follows
  • Chives, shaved
  • Crusty bread
  • Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Directions
For the beans:

In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Saute the onions and celery for 3 to 4 minutes, or until they are slightly wilted. Add the beans, salt, cayenne, water and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until beans are tender and most of the water is absorbed, about 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

For the meats:

In a large oven proof skillet, over medium-high heat, combine the flour and oil. Stirring constantly, make a medium brown roux. Add the onions, celery, bell peppers, carrots, salt and cayenne. Stirring constantly, cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until vegetables are slightly wilted. Add the duck legs and sausages and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Add the chicken broth and stir the mixture until the roux and broth are combined and mixture thickens. Scrape the bottom and sides of the pot to loosen any brown particles. Bring to a boil. Add the beans and duck meat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 30 minutes.

For the gratine:

In a mixing bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan, parsley, Essence, and olive oil. Mix well. When the bean meat mixture is cooked, spoon the grantine evenly over the top and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Spoon a serving of the mixture from the pan onto a plate and garnish with Essence, shaved chives and crusty bread.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

Yield: about 2/3 cup

Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, Published by William Morrow, 1993.


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