Friday, July 9, 2010

Summer Cassoulet

Want something hearty but still summery?  Try this summer cassoulet with thyme and apples!
Much lighter than the traditional French Cassoulet that is so comforting and wintery but is complicated and takes forever to make.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Easy to make!

4 chicken thighs
2 polish sausages
1 small onion chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
1 cup baby carrots
1/2 green apple chopped
6 to 8 sprigs fresh thyme
2 T olive oil
1 1/2 cup chicken stock
2 large potatoes peeled and cut into large cubes
1 large ripe tomato cut into chunks

Brown the sausage in the olive oil then remove from pan and cut in half.

Brown the chicken thighs then remove from pan. At this point I remove the chicken skin also.

Saute the onion, celery, apple and carrots until onions are clear.

Add the chicken and sausage back into the pan along with the potatoes and sprinkle with thyme.

Add chicken stock, cover and cook on simmer for 40 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes.

Sprinkle a bit more fresh thyme or chopped parsley on each serving for a bit more color.
Serve and enjoy!
I like to make this in a pan that I can bring right to the table. Serve with lots of hearty crusty bread that you will want to dip into the sauce.


  1. This sounds fab! Have copied it down.

  2. This looks delicious KC! I would have never thought to add the apples. I can't wait to try this one YUM! I'm looking forward to your next recipe! Hugs

  3. This is right up my alley. Love polish sausage and love to do a big pot meal with juicy broth for dipping... Yummmy... The blog is great... The pictures are crisp and inviting. Just a thought to try - you brought up purple as the color of communication - this I knew - maybe you could try some or all of your font in a purple. Katherine... :)

  4. Can you make the picture of you and Paula bigger?

  5. Yum!
    A beautiful French dish made easy!


  6. Thanks for the ideas! I'll work on making those changes, they are great ideas!

  7. This looks SO delicious. My daughter just had a baby and I'm going to make it both for her family and us.

    Lady Nann