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Pork Sausages and White Beans

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A year in Provence is, for many, the ultimate "someday" fantasy. Why wait? Prepare your own French countryside soiree with this hearty cassoulet as its centerpiece.

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  • Servings: 6

Photography: YunHee Kim

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2012

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces diced bacon
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes (from one 14.5-ounce can)
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 pounds cooked pork sausages (French garlic and bratwurst), left whole or sliced 1 inch thick
  • 5 cups homemade breadcrumbs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large braiser or high-sided ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon; cook until crisp. Add onion; cook until tender. Add garlic and thyme; cook for 1 minute. Add wine; cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes; cook until sauce is thickened. Add stock and beans; bring to a simmer. Add sausages. Bake for 30 minutes.

  2. Toast breadcrumbs in remaining butter in a skillet over medium-high heat, stirring, until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in parsley. Season with coarse salt.

  3. Remove skillet from oven. Heat broiler. Scatter breadcrumbs over top of sausage mixture. Broil 6 inches from heat source until top is deep golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes.

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  • jodigraves
    24 FEB, 2012
    This recipe is delicious, affordable, and very simple to put together. I used about 1/3 of a loaf of french bread to make my breadcrumbs and baked them at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes to make them extra crispy. I used a smoked pork sausage, substituted 1 tsp of dried thyme for the fresh, and didn't add the additional butter to the bread crumbs in the end. I highly recommend it.
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