Slow Cooker Sausage Cassoulet

Traditionally cassoulet is a rich, slow-cooked casserole that originates from France.  It usually contains meat, pork skin and beans and the dish is actually named after the traditional cooking vessel, the cassole. {source}

Slow Cooker Sausage Cassoulet may have a few differences from the original recipe, but there are some similarities:  sausage, beans and a slow-cooking method.  I prepared this dinner last Friday night knowing we were going to meet friends for drinks and wanted to make sure we had a healthy but delicious meal waiting for us when we got home.  Delicious it was and I have been very thankful for the leftovers this week.

It does require a little prep before it all goes in the slow cooker but it couldn’t be easier.  Veggies, including onions, parsnips (instead of turnip), carrots and celery, are sautéed in a little EVOO along with garlic until they are tender.  The veggies are then placed in the slow cooker along with white beans, chicken sausage, canned tomatoes, chicken stock, fresh thyme, salt, pepper and a bay leaf.  THAT’S IT!  Simply let the slow cooker do all the work on low for the next 8 hours.

The final topping to the dish is a butter and breadcrumb mixture that adds some richness and texture to the hearty bowl.

cassoulet

Incredibly cozy and perfect for any night of the week!

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