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Cassoulet languedocien, enjoying a hearty lunch in Carcassonne

One of the things you’re supposed to do when you visit Carcassonne is to try the cassoulet, a dish made with meat and white beans, served like a stew. Kathryn got a photo of hers before she dug in.

(Photo by KG7NRB)

(Photo by KG7NRB)

Our cassoulet was made with a pork sausage and had a roasted duck thigh too. The menu called it cassoulet languedocien, the latter word referring to the Languedoc region where both Carcassonne and Montpellier are located.

Was it good? Well, it was only the second time I’ve ever had cassoulet, and the first time was rather unmemorable. This one I enjoyed. However, it’s a rich, heavy dish — you can’t see all the spices and seasonings — and since we had ordered it as part of a three-course fixed-price menu, we had to quit the main course early to save room for dessert.

By the way, I mentioned in an earlier post that a friend had recommended a place to eat cassoulet in Carcassonne, but we had forgotten to get the name and address from him. When we spoke again on Monday, it turned out we had stumbled onto the right place based on the detailed description he gave us. For what it’s worth, the name of the place is Le Plô, and it’s located on rue Plô inside the walled city of Carcassonne.