Apparently, today is National Cassoulet Day – in the States!
I had no idea . Thank you ‘The Good Life France’. Perhaps any American readers can enlighten me further?
Anyway, as a cassoulet fan I thought this would be an opportunity to revisit a post I wrote previously.
I’ve always enjoyed cassoulet and have even tried cooking one or two! Therefore our stay in Castelnaudary, which is said to be the birthplace of cassoulet, had to include sampling this delicious local dish. In the town itself there are lots of restaurants offering cassoulet, including La Belle Époque which we visited. We tend to go for the set menus but not on this occasion as the waiter had advised us that their cassoulet was very ‘copieux’. He was right!
There is even a Cassoulet Festival which takes place in Castelnaudary during the last weekend in August, with tastings, a gourmets’ market, a floral procession, entertainment, shows and concerts!
So, what is Cassoulet? It is basically a slow-cooked casserole containing meat (typically pork sausages, goose, duck and sometimes mutton) and white beans. The dish is named after the cassole, a deep, round, earthenware pot with slanting sides, in which the cassoulet is cooked.
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