Beans, Beans, Are Good for Your

…grilled lamb, actually.

One of our favorite side dishes. Starts with a 15-16 oz can each* of Great Northern and Navy Beans, rinsed and drained.
1/2 med. onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, diced
1/2 t chopped fresh rosemary
1 t dried thyme, divided
1 T fresh parsely, chopped
extra virgin olive oil
Onion, garlic, 1/2 the thyme, rosemary, 2 T olive oil in pan. Saute over med heat until translucent.

Next ingredients:

Pour 1/2 C vermouth over onion mix, heat until alcohol begins burning off. Add beans, parsley, remainder of thyme. Stir gently until mix returns to simmer.

Give it about 2 mins for those flavors to start working together, then add enough low-sodium chicken broth to just come even with level of beans.

Bring to a simmer and back heat off almost to low. Let them heat about 30 mins and stir gently occasionally to keep from sticking/burning. (If they bubble too hard, or are stirred too often, they’ll break down into mush ~ yech.)

If you’re ready to serve, drizzle with more olive oil, season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish w/ fresh chopped parsley if desired. (If they’re too thin for you, mash a few beans against the side of the pan with a spoon and stir back in. They’ll thicken the mix.)
Now, we’re doing these with marinated, grilled sirloin chops but often use this as a side for leg of lamb, setting slices atop the beans. You can also raise the heat on them a bit and stir in cleaned, chopped spinach or Swiss Chard and/or poached/grilled chicken chunks and serve with a crusty bread. (Tastes like a million bucks the next day, too.)

Bracing stuff for a winter’s day!
*We usually double or triple this recipe, but Ebola’s on a road trip, so the food bill’s getting a break. If you double it, only go a hair more on the vermouth, like 3/4 C ~ with 6 cans of beans a full C is fine.

4 Responses to “Beans, Beans, Are Good for Your”

  1. Mr. Bingley says:

    Hot dang, that looks yum!

  2. The_Real_JeffS says:

    “Beans, beans, the magical fruit….”

  3. (Not in my recipes, they don’t.)

  4. The_Real_JeffS says:

    (Of course not, THS!)

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