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How to prepare an authentic French recipe: the yummy Cassoulet

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The Cassoulet, a dish coming from the South-West of France, is one of the classics of the French cuisine!

Did you know that there is even a road in France called ''La Route du Cassoulet'' which makes you taste all the better cassoulets of the region, from Castelnaudray to Carcassonne...

However, you don't need to book now a flight to France to already taste the cassoulet... With French Lessons Brisbane, you'll be able to do it at home!

Cassoulet Recipe (for 4 people):

  • 400g of beans (harricots)
  • 8 slices of garlic French salami (saucisson a l'ail)
  • 4 sausages nature
  • 4 slices of pork breast: half smoked and half nature (poitrine de porc)
  • 1 can of duck confit (confit de canard)
  • 40 g of tomato sauce (NO ketchup!)
  • breadcrumb (chapelure)
  • garlic and thym (ail et thym)
  • salt and pepper (sel et poivre)

First, put the beans the night before in cold water, then, the next day, cook in a casserole with non-salty water, 3 garlic cloves, and thym during an hour and half.

Empty the casserole, and put again the beans in a bif casserole with some water (it needs to cover the beans). Add the tomato sauce, the slices of salami, the smoked pork cut in pieces, some new garlic cloves and thym. Simmer it.

During this time, in a pan, grill the rest of the pork, then the sausages, and add everything in the casserole. Add some salt and pepper, and simmer it during an hour. Turn into the preparation several times.

Then, add the duck confit into the casserole and simmer it for half an hour. Afterwards, heat the oven (110 degrees), and spread the casserole's content in an oven dish. The sauce needs to cover beans, and then sprinkle with the breadcrumb. Put the dish into the oven. The cooking needs to be very slow, and the sauce always needs to cover the beans (otherwise they might burn). Leave it in the oven for one hour and a half.

The cassoulet is even better when it is warmed up, so don't hesitate to cook it one day in advance.


All you need to do now is to enjoy this fabulous French dish.... BON APPETIT!


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