Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sausage & Bean Cassoulet

Cassoulet is a dish cooked in the winter in southwest France. It's a traditional peasant dish of beans and sausages sometimes duck. I am not French so this is my 1/2 Brit, 1/2 Sicilian, ex-New Yorker, current Southern Californian, Americanized version. Forgive me Julia Child.

I needed something hearty and warm and this hit the spot. We are actually having weather if you can believe it. Strange water droplets are falling from the sky. Crazy?!


Shelly's Sausage & Bean Cassoulet

2 14-oz cans of Cannellini or Pinto Beans (I used a combo), rinsed and drained
2 links Mild Italian Sausage, casing removed
1 large Yellow Onion, diced
3 Green Onions, diced
4 cloves of Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Oregano
1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley, chopped
1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil, chopped
1 (14.5 oz.) can chopped Tomatoes, slightly drained (I used S&W Italian Style w/ seasonings)
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
3 Tablespoons Italian Style Dry Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated (the really good stuff not the green can)
Olive oil/butter for sauteing

Rinse and drain beans and set aside. Saute sausage till no pink is seen. Drain any fats and set aside. Saute onions till golden. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.


Add beans and sausage to pot along and all remaining ingredients (except bread crumbs and cheese.) Pour into a Pyrex casserole, top with crumbs and cheese and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.



Highlights of the Day:

* Went to Linens and Things. It's about empty (I will miss it) but I scored a super cool Fondue Pot w/ little forks and plates for $7.99. I heart Fondue. Gooey melty cheese what is not to love?!

* Mum and I ran errands in the crazy rain storm and had a blast despite getting drenched. We had the Christmas Music radio station on and it brought up funny memories and stories... best holiday memory, best gift ever, worst gift. Fun stuff.

Best Gift: My bright Yellow Coaster Bike w/ flower banana seat. Once my training wheels came off I got a white plastic basket w/ plastic flowers as a reward. My brother bought it for me ($$ from his first good paying job he's 12 years older) I couldn't find a Christmas Day pic of it but here I am in the summer with it...


Worst Gift: When I was little... Orange and Purple Crocheted Slippers made by my sister (Sorry Sandra) but they were seriously itchy.

* I walked around the lake yesterday between rain showers. I am feeling so much better since I started walking again. It's amazing when you are good to your body how you are rewarded... I was down 3 pounds at this morning's weigh-in.

Listening to: "If Today Was Your Last Day" Nickleback. The new CD is really really good.

7 comments:

beth said...

OMG Michelle you are so freaking cute.

Fooseberry said...

That is too cute. I like the bike but love the pose even more.
You go girl!!

Marivali said...

I can't believe it--I was just sitting down to finish the last of my cassoulet when I started reading your post! Isn't cassoulet wonderful?!? Comfort food indeed. I'll have to try your recipe. Thanks for posting them so faithfully!!

Barb Del Piano said...

Cool Bike! I inherited a purple bike with a banana seat looked like yours. AWESOME BIKE! BTW, I went to my Doc. today. He is setting me up for a bariatric consult. Guess who's coming to town!

I WILL NEED YOU.
If you hold my hand, I won't make you smell my feet!

Your NY FAN!

MizFit said...

OH MY GOSH I HAD ENTIRELY FORGOTTEN MY BANANA SEAT LOVE!

Lauren said...

You saved dinner! I had no idea what to make for dinner so I hopped onto your blog to see what I could come up with....thank god for the cassoulet....i had all of the ingredients at home already so i whipped it up and loved it. 2 days later I'm still eating the leftovers...its even better the next day. Thank you for saving dinner!

andrea said...

ok michelle.
when can we expect the recipe book?
i love trying your recipes. my hubby (not a wls patient) even eats my food and doesn't know its wls friendly.
i wonder what he thinks when he sees me eating it though? lol!!
my 4 yr old even ate the veggie lasagna!
i'm serious!
WE NEED THE BOOK!
if my family can enjoy these recipes
we are black and southern and got fat from eating soul food!! lol!!),
everyone can and will enjoy them!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GIVE US THE BOOK!!!

andrea from dallas, texas.

p.s.

thanks for not getting rid of the butter. i've lost more weight eating your food post op than eating the lowfat, no butter, no taste, ugly, stuff i was cooking before.

thanks!