Southern Bean Pot Recipe

Southern Bean Pot Recipes

Ingredients :

675 g haricot beans

1 large onion

4 garlic cloves

450 g piece smoked bacon

1 bay leaf

sprig of thyme

sprig of parsley

450 g pork belly

225 g garlic sausage

450 g tomatoes

salt and pepper

50 g fresh breadcrumbs

Method :
  1. Soak the beans in cold water overnight.
  2. Drain well and cover with fresh cold water.
  3. Bring to the boil and add the chopped onion and garlic, the piece of bacon, bay leaf, thyme and parsley.
  4. Cover and simmer for 1.5 hours.
  5. While the beans are cooking, put the duck portions and piece of pork on a rack in a roasting tin.
  6. Roast at 200C (400C), gas mark 6 for 1 hour.
  7. Drain the beans and reserve the liquid.
  8. Take out the bacon and cut into chunks.
  9. Cut the duck portions, pork and garlic sausage into chunks.
  10. Skin the tomatoes, discard pips, and chop the flesh roughly.
  11. Using a deep earthenware casserole, arrange layers of meat, beans and tomatoes, seasoning each layer well with salt and pepper.
  12. Pour in some of the reserved liquid to come halfway up the layers.
  13. Cover and cook at 160C (325F), Gas mark 3 for 11/2 hours.
  14. Remove the lid.
  15. Add a little more liquid if necessary to come up to the halfway mark.
  16. Sprinkle on breadcrumbs in a layer.
  17. Continue baking for 11/2 hours.
  18. Serve with crusty bread and a salad.

Note :

Although this is a simple version of the traditional cassoulet, it still takes a little time to make a quite a lot of ingredients, so it worth making in this large quantity which will serve 8 people.

Serves 4 - 6

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