This cassoulet is non-traditional in a couple ways but it includes some of the key components of the ‘peasant’s dish’: beans, various meats, and veggies all of which are slow cooked for hours. What you get on the other end is a bowl full of soupy, sweet and savory, meaty, stick-to-your-ribs union of flavors that may or may not be the best bite of beans you’ve ever put in your mouth. There’s a lot going on in every bite. A lot.
This simple recipe was inspired by the French classic Leeks Vinaigrette. There is no marinating or chilling. Instead, they’re best served fresh out of the oven. Prior to making this, I figured the leeks would be too stringy to eat as an appetizer since they’re so fibrous. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried them warm–the leeks were soft and buttery. I could cut them with a fork. However, I went back to them a couple hours later after they had been sitting at room temp. and they were very stingy and the combination of texture just didn’t jive. Speaking of a fork, it’s best to serve these with a fork and knife rather than eat them as a finger food.