White bean pure

Yield: 8 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pounds Dried white beans such as Great Northern
1 tablespoon Olive oil
2 teaspoons Garlic, minced
1 medium Onion, peeled and diced
1 \N Carrot, peeled and diced
1 cup Chicken stock
\N \N Salt and pepper to taste
\N \N Grated nutmeg
1 pinch Cayenne pepper

In a large saucepan, cover the beans with 10 cups of cold water and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and simmer the beans for approximately 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until tender.

In a 12-inch saut pan, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic, onion, and carrot and saut, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Do not let the vegetables brown.

Add the cooked beans, chicken stock, and seasonings to the pan and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes, until the vegetables are soft and the beans are hot.

Place the bean mixture in the bowl of a food processor and pure it.

You may have to do this in two batches. Transfer the pure to a bowl, taste and adjust seasonings. Serve in a bowl or casserole, or on a platter.

Note: This keeps well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat either in a saut pan on top of the stove over gentle heat with a little stock or water, or place in a casserole, top with buttered crumbs if desired, and heat in a 375F oven for at least 30 minutes.

Sides by Melicia Phillips ISBN 0-517-59687-3 pg 44 Submitted By DIANE LAZARUS On 06-28-95

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