Posted by / Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cast Iron Chicken Sausage Ham and Bean Cassoulet

In making my Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage a couple of weeks ago (yes that post is coming) we did not have enough ham broth so I bought some ham pieces and boiled them in water to create the additional needed broth. Well, as it turns out, I made more broth than needed so I decided to make a pot of beans with ham.

After a recent stop off at Little House Green Grocery, I picked up a bag of Rancho Gordo Rio Zape Beans which I thought would make the perfect pot of beans! 

Well, once the beans were done...

That required frying up some spicy whole hog sausage from Smith's Red and White in Rocky Mount, NC — piercing the skin to let the juices run out so I would have some grease to fry up 4 bone in chicken thighs. 

Which lead me to...

Putting the beans in the cast iron pan then layering that with the chicken thighs, sausage, ham pieces, and a few sprigs of fresh rosemary — letting it do its thing in the oven for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Which then lead to...

Us enjoying a flavorful cast iron skillet cassoulet of beans, sausage, ham, and chicken. That my friends is how you make a pot of beans!

Giddy Up!

E.A.T. local E.A.T. well


  1. Thanks for the heads up on the sausage. Never heard of it and have to make a trip this weekend. I've got the same beans from Little House so this recipe fits perfectly. Great post.


    1. Thanks Chris I need to make another trip down as I am now out. An amazing normal looking grocery store right off 95 until you get to the back corner. Whole hog sausage heaven I tell ya!

      Thanks for stopping by!

    2. Perfect... "Whole hog sausage heaven." You have to give that a go!



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