If you’ve ever spent any winter time in France, you’ve undoubtedly indulged in what I consider the ultimate comfort food of the French — cassoulet.
For those of you who haven’t had cassoulet, I hesitate to describe it as a baked white bean dish. Yes, white beans are the main ingredient, but how the French manage to infuse beans with such incredible flavor and richness simply amazes. A proper cassoulet is loaded with fatty sausage, pork, duck fat, garlic, onion and salty-silky duck confit. The dish takes a full day to prepare, as the flavors are layered in and cooked low and slow.