Easy One-Pot Sausage and White Bean Casserole (Cassoulet) with Gremolata
For the sausage and white bean casserole:
6 sausage links (approximately 1 lb/500g)
2 14-oz (400g) cans of chopped tomatoes
1 cup of white wine or chicken stock
1 14-oz (400g) can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup panko bread crumbs
½ cup olive oil, plus more for searing the sausages (about 1 tablespoon)
¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, finely minced
1 cup onion (about ½ large), finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
For the gremolata:
½ cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
2-3 cups (approximately 1 bunch) of Italian flat-leaf parsley, washed thoroughly and roughly chopped
1 lemon, juice and zest
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 small garlic clove
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/160 degrees Celsius.
In a small bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, olive oil and flat leaf parsley. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
In a heavy bottomed, deep ovenproof skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over high heat. Add the sausages and sear on all sides until they're browned. Remove the sausages from the pan and reserve on a plate.
Turn the heat down to medium-low heat and add the onion, stirring constantly to avoid browning the onion too much. Let the onion cook for 8-10 minutes until it's soft and translucent, then add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
With the burner still on, add the white wine (or chicken stock), chopped tomatoes (don't drain them), and beans, stirring to combine everything together. Nestle the sausages into the tomato and bean mixture and bring to a simmer.
Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the surface of the sausage and tomatoes, then slide everything into the oven. Bake uncovered for 20-30 minutes until the sausages are cooked through and the bread crumbs are browned.
While the cassoulet is cooking, make the gremolata. Combine the garlic clove, salt, pepper, and parsley in the bowl of a food processor. With the motor running, drizzle the olive oil into the food processor until everything is combined. Add the lemon juice and lemon zest and set aside.
Remove the casserole the oven, garnish with additional fresh parsley and serve immediately with gremolata on the side.
Recipe by Grits and Chopsticks at https://www.gritsandchopsticks.com/the-gravy-train/2018/05/easy-one-pot-sausage-and-white-bean-casserole.html