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Christmas Cassoulet Cookoff

11 Dec

Who, me? All I want for Christmas is some Cassoulet!

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Cassoulet in a cassole

Cassoulet is a marvelous dish, a slow-cooked, one pot meal with a little bit of everything that is as deeply satisfying as it is incredibly tasty. Named after its traditional cooking vessel, the cassole, Cassoulet originated in the south of France as a peasant dish: let’s take a lot of leftovers or ingredients we need to use before they go bad, throw them together in a big pot and make a hearty meal. Which means, of course, what goes in a cassoulet differs from region to region and kitchen to kitchen.

Which also means with good ingredients, cassoulet is difficult to screw up! 

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Cassoulet from Dartagnan.com

(For a brief and wonderful history of the dish, check out an excellent post on Dartagnan.com by clicking here)

Over the years, ‘definitive’ versions of the dish have emerged, with fancier ingredients than the peasant origins. I doubt, for instance, the first cassoulet contained Duck Confit and/or the expensive Tarbais bean. Nevertheless, for the adventurous cook, these more ‘upscale’ versions are a blast to make, with mouth-watering results. 

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