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Duck & Sausage Cassoulet - 2015 Papillon

Duck & Sausage Cassoulet - 2015 Papillon
Recipe Date:
September 1, 2017
Cook Time:
Imperial (US)
A big wine such as this Papillon, that is fruit-forward and has a firm tannin structure, will pair well with hearty dishes. For your Main, do what they do in the South of France - beans, sausage & duck confit make for the beginnings of a delicious cassoulet.
  • 1 1/2 lbs Dried cannellini beans
  • 1 lb Boneless pork shoulder (Boston Butt), trimmed and cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 tbsp Canola oil
  • 2 1/2 cups Finely chopped onion (about 2 medium)
  • 1 cup Thinly sliced carrot (about 1/2 pound)
  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Can (14 oz.) whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 2 Fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs
  • 1 Celery stalk
  • 1 Thyme sprig
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 8 cups Fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 2 cups Water
  • 5 Duck confit legs (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 lb Chicken sausage
  • 1 Slice white bread ( 1 oz.)

1. Sort and wash beans; place in a large bowl. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; cover and let stand 8 hours. Drain beans.

2. Sprinkle pork with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add pork to pan; cook 6 minutes or until browned, turning occasionally. Remove pork from pan; reduce heat to medium. Add onion and carrot to pan; cook 8 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and tomatoes; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Tie twine around parsley, celery, thyme, and bay leaf to secure. Add pork, beans, 4 cups broth, 2 cups water, and herb bundle to pan. Bring to a simmer; cook, covered, for 2 hours or until beans are tender. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cool bean mixture to room temperature; cover and chill overnight.3.

3. Preheat oven to 400°.

4. Arrange duck confit legs in a 13 x 9–inch baking dish. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove skin and meat from bones; shred meat into large pieces. Discard skin and bones.

5. Reduce oven temperature to 325°.

6. Bring bean mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat; stir in duck. Bring remaining 4 cups broth to a simmer in a medium saucepan; pour evenly over bean mixture. Bake at 325° for 2 hours. Reduce oven to temperature to 275°.

7. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage to pan; cook 6 minutes or until browned, turning occasionally. Cool slightly; cut into 1-inch pieces. Stir bean mixture; add sausage pieces. Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1/2 cup. Sprinkle breadcrumbs evenly over cassoulet. Bake at 275° for 1 1/2 hours. Let stand 20 minutes before serving.

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