French meat and bean casserole

 

French meat and bean casserole

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Difficulty:moderate
Preparation:260 min
Ready in:260 min
Vegetable
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Ingredients

For servings

4 cupsharicot bean (navy)
½ cupsPork rind diced
¾ cupssmoked Bacon (streaky, American)
2 tablespoonsDuck fat (from the confit)
1 stickCelery roughly chopped
1onions roughly chopped
1carrots roughly chopped
2 clovesgarlic crushed
3 sprigsthyme
3Cloves
3bay leaves
1 ½ cupsDuck confit
2 cupsGarlic Sausage thickly sliced
salt
peppers
water

Directions

1 Preheat the oven to 150°C (130° fan) 300°F gas 2.
2 Drain the beans and place in a pan of fresh cold water. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
3 Drain the beans and tip into a pan. Add the diced pork rind and bacon and cover with fresh cold water. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Drain the beans, rind and bacon.
4 Heat the duck fat in a large flameproof casserole dish and cook the celery, onion, carrot and garlic for 5 minutes.
5 Add the thyme, cloves and bay leaves and continue cooking slowly for another 5 minutes. Add the sausage and cook until browned.
6 Remove as much fat as possible from the confit duck and add the duck pieces to the pan with the beans, pork rind and bacon. Pour in enough water to cover all the ingredients, then bring to a boil and skim off the scum. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
7 Cook uncovered in the oven for 2-4 hours, stirring occasionally until the beans are soft and creamy and the cassoulet has thickened. If the cassoulet looks as if it’s drying out during cooking, add more water
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