With all due respect to your green smoothie, winter is cassoulet season.

By Anna Painter
Updated May 24, 2017
Tina Rupp

After the riotous good times of New Year’s Eve, the beginning of January can feel rather bleak. While the next big holiday may be a few weeks off, there is plenty of cause for food-based celebration. Case in point: National Cassoulet Day on January 9. Cassoulet, a hearty, slow-cooked casserole, hails from the province of Languedoc in France. White beans, duck or goose confit, and sausages appear in many recipes, although there are many variations. Make sure you have the right bottle of wine on hand, then get ready to celebrate with one of these cassoulet recipes.

1. Paul Wolfert’s Toulouse-Style Cassoulet

This classic cassoulet has it all: braised white beans, four kinds of pork, duck confit and garlicky bread crumbs. The perfect labor of love for the cassoulet purist.

2. Jacques and Claudine Pépin’s Cassoulet of Sausages

While true to the spirit of the classic, with white beans, bread crumbs and pork, this streamlined dish is ready in a little over an hour.

3. Gavin Kaysen’s Harissa-Spiced Cassoulet

This inspired cassoulet from Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis has the traditional beans and bread crumbs, but also merguez, a medley of root vegetables, and bold spices.

Before you sit down at the table, read Ray Isle’s Wine for Cassoulet.