Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Monday, February 6, 2012


1 tbsp olive or canola oil
1 large onion, chopped fine
1 lb (4) boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/4 lb smoked turkey sausage, chopped fine
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp water
3 cans (15-oz each) Great Northern Beans
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
3 tbsp minced fresh parsley

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot.  Add the onion and cook, stirring until tender.  Stir in the chicken, sausage, garlic, thyme, and pepper.  Cook 5 minutes to brown the chicken and sausage.  Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the tomato paste and water until blended. 

Place the beans and the skillet mixture into a crockpot or slow cooker; cover and cook on low setting for 4 to 5 hours.

Just before serving, combine the bread crumbs and minced parsley.  Sprinkle over the top of the cassoulet.

Yield: 6 servings.

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