Duck Cassoulet Recipe -
Duck Cassoulet Recipe
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Duck Cassoulet

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"A real, old-fashioned cassoulet slow cooked in a 20th century kitchen appliance. Traditional cassoulet has a sprinkling of bread crumbs on top; if you want the bread crumbs, you can finish this dish in the oven, so that the bread crumbs are toasted."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    7 hrs 30 mins

    16 hrs


  1. In a large skillet, brown the sliced sausage over medium heat.
  2. Insert whole cloves into onion. Roll bacon up, and tie with a string. Tie together parsley, thyme, and rosemary.
  3. In a large slow cooker, place soaked beans, sausage, bacon, onion studded with cloves, fresh herbs, bay leaf, carrots, minced garlic, and duck. Add enough water to cover the other ingredients. Cook for 1 hour on HIGH. Reduce heat to LOW, and continue cooking for 6 to 8 hours.
  4. Remove onion, bacon, and herbs. Stir in chopped tomatoes. Continue cooking for 1/2 hour. Serve.
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  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 05, 2004

Captures the flavors of true cassoulet without the hassel of making it the authetic way. I used tomato paste instead of a fresh tomato to get closer to authetic flavor. Do take the time to put it in the oven with the bread crumbs, it really gives the dish a beautiful finish.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 10, 2010

Thank you Syd for sharing your recipe. It was nice to come home to smell of cassoulet! As other reviewers had stated, it is a bit watery but I was not expecting miracles from my crockpot (its old and well loved). So I decided when finishing off with bread crumbs in the oven. I would put it in for about an hour at 325, then top with the breadcrumbs and stick the oven on broil to toast them up quickly. It worked out well. Next time, I may try using goose breast and vension sausage (as my husband is a hunter, so we have these lying around) and use tomato paste rather than a whole tomato. Lastly as other reviewers had mentioned, a mixture of chicken and beef stock as well as red wine would make a nice broth instead of just water.

Dec 28, 2005

A beautiful dish! I used a Dutch oven to cook this, as is customary with most cassoulets. It worked wonderfully! I also added bread crumbs and agree, they are worth the extra few minutes in the oven. Thank you for this great recipe!

Jan 04, 2010

I had roast duckling for New Year's eve, and I wanted to use the leftover duck. I chose this recipe as a base, but I used a dutch oven and cooked it 1 hr at 450 and then 4 hrs at 300. Also, I used the quick soak method for preparing the beans -- put them in boiling water, shut off heat & leave them an hour, or longer, like 2, till they double in size. I read a lot about cassoulet, which I'd never made before. Julia says the flavor of the liquid is the key. (Everything else, especially beans, absorbs it). So I used my duck carcass and two turkey thigh bones, plus carrots, celery & onion (studded w/ clove) to make a broth while the beans were soaking. My duck, when fat cut off etc, was only 5 oz, so I used 2 turkey thighs, skinned, boned, & cut up, to make up. I used Kielbasa. I'm not sure I like the extra spice, but my son did. Next time, rather than just slicing, I'd slice & half the slices, so the spicey bites were smaller. I realized half way through that I didn't have anything for salad, so I took out the very studded onion (odd, that) and replaced it with cut up celery, onion & 2 more carrots. I also increased to 2 tomatoes at end. I highly recommend making a broth of something & using it instead of water. You could use turkey, chicken, goose, duck, pheasant, or whatever. The important thing is to be sure the broth is good, since everything else takes on the flavor. Don't know how this would work in a slow cooker, but mine got done in about 7 hours, total.

Nov 11, 2008

To the cook who asked about cooking it in the oven, yes, you can. The "high" setting usually corresponds to 300F, and the "low" setting is usually around 200F. Use the same cooking times as in the recipe. HTH!

Mar 19, 2010

Amazing! I made this in the crock pot (1 hour on high then slow the remaining 5 hours) I followed the recipe to A t. The cloves really give a special flavour. Yum! I had to strain the meat out as it is watery in the crock pot. I am thinking that in the oven thee would be less liquid and it would be thicker. I will try the oven next time. Great french dish.

Feb 16, 2010

I used liquid from cooked beans, some beef stock and white wine rather than water. Excellent!

Nov 10, 2008

Something went way wrong here. This cassoulet was not good. The water never cooked off in the crock pot and consequently all flavour from the bacon, sausages, etc. was washed out. Really unfortunate and expensive dish.


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  • Calories
  • 548 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 40.2 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 104 mg
  • 35%
  • Fat
  • 26.8 g
  • 41%
  • Fiber
  • 15.5 g
  • 62%
  • Protein
  • 36.7 g
  • 73%
  • Sodium
  • 584 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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