Smoked bean ragout

Yield: 9 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Dried white beans
1 cup Dried baby lima beans
6 cups Water
½ teaspoon Liquid Barbecue Smoke.
2 \N Bay leaves
4 \N Whole garlic heads
2 cups Cubed peeled butternut
\N \N Squash
4 cups Vertically sliced onion
½ cup Sherry
1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Sugar
14½ ounce Can vegetable broth
½ teaspoon Dried savory
½ teaspoon Dried marjoram
½ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Dried thyme
½ teaspoon Pepper
¼ teaspoon Ground nutmeg
1 \N Bay leaf
2 cups Chopped tomatoes

Sort and wash beans: place in a Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans, and bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain beans, and return to pan. Add 6 cups water, liquid smoke seasoning, and 2 bay leaves; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes. Drain beans in a colander; discard bay leaves. Set beans aside.

Remove white papery skin of garlic heads, making sure not to peel or separate cloves. Wrap each head separately in aluminum foil. Bake at 350 for 1 hour; let cool for 10 minutes. Separate cloves, and squeeze to extract ⅓ cup pulp; discard skins. Set pulp aside.

Steam squash, covered, 6 minutes or until crisp-tender; set aside.

Combine onion and sherry in Dutch oven. Cover and cook over medium heat 10 minutes. STir in vinegar or sugar. Cook, uncovered, over medium-high heat 15 minutes or until onion turns dep golden, stirring frequently. Add beans, garlic pulp, squash, broth, and next 7 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat; discard bay leaf, and stir in tomato. Yield: 9 servings (1 cup serving size).

NOTES : Nan's Pressure Cooker Adaptations: Soak beans in 6 cup water overnight. Add vegetable broth, liquid smoke and bay leaves and bring to high pressure. Cook 5 minutes and let pressure release naturally.

Add garlic, squash, onion, (omit sherry for sauteing) balsamic vinegar, and spices. Bring back to high pressure. Cook for 5 minutes.

Release pressure and add tomatoes.

Source: It is from an article on vegetarian restaurants in San Francisco in the March issue of Cooking Light.

Posted by nanetteb@... to the Fatfree Digest [Volume 17 Issue 3] Apr. 4, 1995.

Individual recipes copyrighted by originator. FATFREE Recipe collections copyrighted by Michelle Dick 1995. Formatted by Sue Smith, SueSmith9@... using MMCONV. Archived through kindness of Karen Mintzias, km@... and Mark Alexander, Mark@....

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