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Cassoulet-Style Italian Sausages and White Beans {+Giveaway}



Last month, I received a copy of {New York Times best-selling author} Pam Anderson’s Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers. From the moment I received the book I could not put it down. I literally read this cookbook cover-to-cover, which is rare for me to do! I love how she has divided this cookbook into four sections; Stews for All Seasons, Worldly Casseroles, Roasting Pan Complete, and Big Summer Salads and Grilled Platters. Not only does Pam include some amazing recipes for her “one-dish” meals, but she also includes easy appetizers, salads, sides, and dessert recipes that compliment each one-dish. My first recipe “sub-set” (as I like to call it) that I chose to cook turned out wonderfully. I’m so excited to start cooking and hosting from this book! It’s a great “go-to” book when you know your going to entertain! I decided to make this dish on a particular evening after a long day in the office. After reading the directions I knew this would be an easy and satisfying meal to cook up for my husband and parents. Some-times a one-dish meal can lack flavors, but this dish was the opposite! The hearty stew can satisfy any appetite, and the leftover’s were even more fabulous the next day!  I made the recipe set for this entree, and will feature the rest of the recipes this week. 


Side note: I used the most amazing balsamic vinegar for this recipe. My in-laws had just returned from Italy, and brought me back a 15 year aged balsamic. It was sweet and flavorful–I could honestly drink it! I can honestly say it is the most amazing balsamic I’ve ever tasted; however, if you don’t have a fancy balsamic vinegar flown in directly from Italy you can use any balsamic vinegar you have on hand! 



Pam’s publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, has graciously given me an extra copy of the book to giveaway to one of my followers.  One winner will be chosen at random to win one copy of Pam Anderson’s Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-TogethersThis contest ends next Wednesday, December 8th a 11:59 pm. I will announce the winner on Thursday, December 9th. 


In order to qualify for this giveaway you must answer the question by leaving a comment below: 
What is your favorite one-dish meal? 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 lbs sweet Italian Sausage links
  • 3 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1-1/2 inch chuncks
  • 4 large garlic cloves, sliced
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 cans white beans, undrained
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Loaf of crusty bread
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • *freshly grated parmesan cheese
Directions: 


1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 425 degrees. 

2. Mix sausages, tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, thyme, bay leaves, and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper in a large heavy roasting pan. Set the pan in the oven and roast until sausages are brown and tomatoes have reduced to a thick sauce, about 45 minutes. *I covered the dish for the first 20 minutes, and then left uncovered for the remaining 25 minutes. 
3. While dinner is cooking toss half a loaf of bread in a food processor and pulse until bread crumbs. Toss the fresh bread crumbs with 2 tablespoons melted butter and a sprinkle of salt. Add the crumbs to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown. 
4. Remove the casserole dish from the oven, stir in beans, and continue to roast until casserole has heated through, about 10 minutes longer. Fish out bay leaves, plate, top with bread crumbs, parmesan, and enjoy! 
   

16 Responses to “Cassoulet-Style Italian Sausages and White Beans {+Giveaway}”

  1. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy posted on December 2, 2010 at 3:56 am (#)

    I just made a cassoulet the other day! LOVE them! Love your balsamic vinegar, I'm jealous, I'll bet it's great!

  2. Lisa posted on December 2, 2010 at 7:05 am (#)

    I love making salmon misoyaki. All in one pot, no mess and no fuss and you can make it even if the salmon fillets are still frozen solid.

  3. Christine posted on December 2, 2010 at 1:16 pm (#)

    My favorite one dish is skillet lasagna – YUM!

  4. EJacks posted on December 2, 2010 at 2:02 pm (#)

    I love any type of soup or stew. :)

  5. Vanessa posted on December 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm (#)

    I think Asopao is one of my favorite all in one dishes. It's a soup/stew type dish made with rice and either shrimp, chicken or chorizo. So yummy! (I actually just made it on Monday!!)

  6. Zisa posted on December 2, 2010 at 6:51 pm (#)

    Crock pot pulled pork!

  7. Through My Looking Glass posted on December 2, 2010 at 7:32 pm (#)

    I love ham and beans in the crock pot. Once a year, after Thanksgiving, my mom puts the leftover ham (bone in) in the crock with white beans, onions and pepper. Nom nom nom.

  8. Kristen posted on December 3, 2010 at 3:22 am (#)

    My favorite is goulash, though all of the ones already listed sound pretty darn good!

  9. alijane posted on December 3, 2010 at 4:01 am (#)

    I absolutely love beef stew in the winter. It's so comforting.

  10. Birgit K. posted on December 3, 2010 at 11:54 pm (#)

    Yes, I think a good goulash is right up there. But for me Makhani Chicken (Indian Butter Chicken) probably tops them all!

  11. Enfys posted on December 4, 2010 at 2:34 am (#)

    We love cassoulet, and I especially love meals where everything is cooked in the one pot!

  12. Tiffany posted on December 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm (#)

    Chili is my favorite one dish meal!

  13. Little Miss Sunshine posted on December 7, 2010 at 3:17 am (#)

    Stir-fry and roasted potatoes/tomatoes/chicken are two of my favorites.

  14. karentemmel28 posted on December 7, 2010 at 8:56 pm (#)

    ohhhh…paella

  15. PoniLinda posted on December 7, 2010 at 9:12 pm (#)

    Pizza

  16. Melissa @ Made in Melissa's Kitchen posted on December 8, 2010 at 1:13 pm (#)

    Cassoulets, like this one, are my favorite!

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