Friday, February 26, 2010

Can you say cassoulet?

(Not my photo!)

Sure, that was easy, but have you ever made one?

The first time I tried this hearty winter dish was many years ago at La Coupole in Paris. Filled with pork, lamb, confit d'oie (preserved goose) sausage, beans, beans, beans, topped with a hot browned bread crumb crust, I was felled with one spoonful.

So I thought I would share the recipe with you all: Julia Child's, strategically trimmed, is better than anything I've had at restaurants out here; but then I paused. Am I crazy? No one I know is going to make the French version of pork and beans. Not a single person. Really.

If you are that anomaly, run out and buy or borrow the Art of French Cooking, and I'll give you a coupla tips. In the mean time, I've got to find some lamb bones to crack and braise in the oven. Because I have a craving for this dish and wonderful red wine, the perfect combination to warm you up on (what here in southern California passes for) a cold, cold winter night.


  1. You are cracking lamb bones now? That sounds very violent.

  2. Ms. Fin: Cooking's NOT for sissies!

  3. Much too labor intensive for this lazy cook.

  4. I might eat it, though.

    So who's photo is it?

  5. Is this the Julia Child recipe with the ham and pumpkin? My neighbor brought me a bowl of it last week - pretty good!

  6. Haven't tried that one--or heard of it!
    Sounds interesting--