What the French Cook at Home: Cassoulet

A cassoulet is a humble, perfect-for-Fall French dish made of slow-cooked beans and meat. It's not fancy; we've heard it described as the kind of dish you find bubbling away in home kitchens. We've talked about cassoulets before (here's an excellent rundown of its components). But we found more good recipes to share, including a vegetarian version.The cassoulet originated in Southwest France, and it is named for the cassole, the sloped-sided earthenware bowl it's cooked in (you can use a dutch oven).

Brief History of the Cassole, from Saveur

It is traditionally made from more than one type of meat—maybe bacon and duck confit, pork sausage and goose... But of course modern recipes call for chicken or even just vegetables. Some of our favorite recipes we've seen lately have a crunchy blanket of breadcrumbs on top.

Recipes:
Pork, Pancetta, and Duck Cassoulet, from Saveur
Chicken Cassoulet with Crisp Breadcrumb Topping, from Martha Stewart
Cassoulet in 10 Easy Steps, from The Amateur Gourmet
Vegetarian Cassoulet, from Gourmet (above)

Do you have a favorite cassoulet recipe?

Related: Handy Pantry Staple: Duck Confit in Cans

(Image: Romulo Yanes/Gourmet)

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