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Recipe using Great Northern beans

jyang949's picture

What is your favorite recipe using white beans? I soaked a half pound of Great Northern beans overnight, but without any recipe in mind.

The one previous time I used Great Northerns was in cassoulet, and that dish was days in the making. I'm looking for something that doesn't take quite so much time!


Pielove's picture

white beans (post #71633, reply #1 of 3)

Hey Janet!

Hmm, I recently had a Northern Bean craving too-- I usually just make baked beans in the slow cooker.  Wow, cassoulet-- that is quite a project!  The only other bean use I can suggest is soup-- there is the classic type of soup with a ham hock, or maybe something with a mess of greens.  Also, during The Challenge, I made a dip with pureed white beans:

It was mild, but good-- might be good as the basis for some bruschetta!

I'd love to know what you make-- I may just soak my beans tonight!

Cheers, Jen

Pielove's picture

new recipe search (post #71633, reply #2 of 3)

By the way, have you tried the recipe search on the Fine Cooking front page? They have really made it better-- give it a go.  I didn't find much under "northern bean", but try using "white bean" as your search term.  Also, have you tried tastespotting? They are often good for random inspiration.

Cheers, Jen

GretchenTHEFIRST's picture

Here's a quick cassoulet that (post #71633, reply #3 of 3)

Here's a quick cassoulet that is pretty good.

serves 6

1 chicken fryer, cut up or about 4 lbs whatever kind of chicken you want to use
flour to dredge chicken in
1/2 lb bacon, cut in pieces
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
3 heaping Tbsp parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp pepper
2 small bay leaves (or 1 large)
1 tsp dry thyme
2-15 oz cans Cannellini beans (white kidney beans), drained
10 oz package frozen spinach
1 lb Polish sausage or smoked sausage, sliced 1/2" thick
1/4 c dry white wine (I use dry Vermouth)

Cook bacon in a pan on the stove. Remove from pan and set aside. Dredge chicken and cook in the bacon drippings with the onions and garlic. Drain drippings.

Place chicken, onions, garlic and bacon in the slow cooker and sprinkle evenly with parsley, bay leaves, thyme and pepper. Spoon beans and sausage on top. Pour on the wine, cover and cook on LOW 5 hours. Put spinach over the top and cook another hour. Serve with small new potatoes or mashed potatoes.

Note: can also cook in a big pot on top of the stove or in the oven. Simmer for 2 hours on top of the stove, bake at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 hours in the oven.