Oven Sausage Cassoulet
Rinse beans. In a large saucepan, combine beans and water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand for 1 hour. (Or, soak beans in water overnight in a covered pan.) Drain beans and rinse. In the same saucepan, combine beans and 4 cups cold water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until tender. Drain beans.Advertisement
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken to skillet; reduce heat to medium-low. Brown chicken about 10 minutes, turning once to brown both sides. Remove chicken from skillet. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of drippings from the skillet.
Add carrots, onion, celery and garlic to drippings in skillet. Cover and cook about 10 minutes or vegetables are just tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in drained beans, undrained tomatoes, sausage, thyme, salt and, if desired, cayenne pepper. Bring to boiling. Transfer mixture to a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Arrange chicken thighs on top.
Bake, uncovered, about 25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (180 degrees F).
4 lean protein, 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat