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Dec 10, 2009 06:51 AM

Experience with D'Artagnan Cassoulet Kit?

I'm thinking about purchasing this to make on Christmas Day. Having just had surgery, I'm not up to running around doing all the shopping. Has anyone tried this before? I would hate to invest approx. $115 for the kit and shipping for something only mediocre. TIA for any comments.

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  1. Hi Melcarr. I've been thinking about the same cassoulet kit for our Christmas Eve dinner. I saw an article written by Laura Reiley, Times Food Critic, who made this cassoulet.

    I wrote to her, here's her reply; "I thought it was AWESOME! Would order it again in a heartbeat. (Don't be afraid to use all the fat. It's worth it and not overly rich in the finished product.)"

    I'm going to order it. If you do too, I wish you luck!

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    1. re: Axalady

      Sounds perfect for my current situation and I'm definitely going to order it. Any ideas on what'll you serve for accompanyments? Thank you for sharing this information and Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays.

      1. re: melcarr

        Most likely just a loaf of crusty bread, and a bottle of wine. Right now I'm just looking to keep it simple. I host brunch on Christmas Eve so we'll have an excess of food in the house anyway. It'll be great to cook the cassoulet a few days before and just re-heat it.

        1. re: Axalady

          I made the cassoulet and we all raved about it. It made quite a bit so I think the price per person is very reasonable. The duck legs and sausages we delicious. I used the whole container of duck fat but next time I will experiment and not use as much. I couldn't be more pleased with the decision to make the dish.

          1. re: melcarr

            Hi Melcarr. I'm so glad to hear about your experience with the cassoulet. I ordered mine for delivery on the 22nd. It arrived on the 22nd, however things got a bit busy and I didn't have time to prepare it until yesterday. I baked it until the part where you uncover it and brown it. It smelled absolutely delicious cooking! I wanted to let it sit overnight so we're going to have it for dinner tomorrow.

            I was VERY impressed with the kit overall and the amount it made. It completely filled my 6.75 oz oval dutch oven, I almost had to ask my hubby for help lifting it out of the oven! I did use the 1/4 cup duck fat called for in the recipe and have at least the same amount left over. I'm sure I'll be able to find a very good use for it!

            I snacked on a bit of the garlic sausage and am sure that I'll be buying more of it, I thought it was absolutely delicious. I'll let you know what we think of the cassoulet tomorrow.

            1. re: melcarr

              Delicious, and it couldn't have been easier to prepare. All in all definitely worth the money.

              1. re: Axalady

                I also thought their garlic sausage was terrific. I was unsure at first because the recipe only stated browning the duck/Armagnac sausages but the garlic were my favorite. I froze a portion and we had it with another group of friends on New Year's Eve. It was just as good. I am going to have fun in the future playing with different ingredients but I will stock up on their coco tarbais beans since they were special. Thanks again for your help and Happy new Year!

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        1. A bit late for the holiday season, but I just made this one (you can read the review etc. on my blog: All in all, a solid product. Mine was $90 + shipping and was huge. I would definitely split it and just make half next time, but yes, there would be a next time!

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          1. re: chrisvanb

            Must get this. Just paid $13.00 for 14 oz of haricots tarbais, so the kit is a relative bnargain! (Those beans make all the difference.)