Here's another crock pot recipe - this time I'm making Slow Cooker Cassoulet. My sister recommended this recipe to me - in fact, she raved about it. It sounded really good and really easy, with great ingredients like smoked ham, polish sausage, navy beans and white wine.
I had a leftover ham bone from our Sunday night spiral ham dinner, but you can use a smoked ham hock or smoked turkey leg as a substitute. There are a few ingredients in the recipe, including navy beans. Everything is simple enough to gather but if you can't find the canned navy beans you'll have to prepare dried ones instead. You can read about the process of soaking and cooking the beans on my December 9th, 2011 post HERE. Other than that, this is a simple dinner to assemble and the slow cooker takes care of everything from that point on. You can find the recipe from Canadian Living, here.
Now...when I actually served up this meal...it was not a huge hit. I was a bit disappointed that the flavour was not more robust. There is nothing bad about it - I was just not blown away. It looked the same way at the end of cooking as it did going in. I called my sister from the dinner table and we had a good laugh about how two families could feel so differently about a recipe. I told her that perhaps if I was a hard-working peasant farmer from France in the 1800s I would be happily devouring my cassoulet after a long day...but tonight my mother was hiding food under her knife and son was having a chicken salad for dinner! I'm still sharing the video because there are certainly as many tastes and preferences as there are people in the world and I cannot judge how you will like this dish. It was not my cup of tea and I won't be making it again any time soon...unless perhaps, if hubby starts sharecropping in the back yard!