Recipe for Simplified Budget Version Cassoulet


5 tablespoon margarine; divided
2 cup soft bread crumbs
2 centiliter garlic; minced, divided
1 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme; divided
1 lb dried navy beans
2 tablespoon oil
8 chicken drumsticks
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 lb kielbasa sausage; in 1 slice
1 onion; chopped
16 oz can tomatoes
2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup all-purpose flour


In a large pot bring beans and enough water to cover to a boil; boil 1 min. Remove from heat and let stand 1 hr. Drain and return to the pot. Add 8 cups water and bring to a boil. Simmer til tender: about 2 hrs. Drain beans.

Melt 3 T marg. Combine with bread crumbs, 1 minced garlic clove, and 1/2 t thyme and set aside. Sprinkle chicken with salt and 1/4 t pepper. In a skillet heat the remaining marg. and oil; add chicken and brown on all sides; about 10 min. Remove chicken; add kielbasa and brown; about 5 min. Remove Kielbasa and cook onion and remaining garlic until tender. stir in tomatoes, remaining thyme, and pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally to break up tomatoes, 15 min.

Preheat oven to 350. In a 3 qt casserole spread 1/2 the beans, Top with chicken, sausage and tomato mixture. Spread remaining beans over top. Whisk together the flour and stock and pour over casserole. Top with the crumb mix. Cover and bake 2 hrs.

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