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Great Northern Beans

  • Great Northern Beans

I was at a friend's house the other day and she had a pot simmering that smelled so good!  When I asked her for the recipe, she laughed, because it was a recipe she had copied from my book.  I made it the next day, and thought I'd pass it on.

2 cups dried Great Northern beans
8 cups stock or water
1-2 cups leftover meat, cut in small pieces
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T oil or butter
3 tomatoes, chopped
2 onions, chopped
a little parsley

Soak beans overnight; drain.  Add stock or water and simmer about one hour, or until half-cooked.  Add meat, oregano, salt and 1 clove garlic.  Continue cooking 1 to 2 hours, until flavors blend and beans are tender.

Heat oil in frying pan.  Add remaining clove of garlic, tomatoes, onions and parsley.  Saute until onion is soft.  Add 1/3 of the bean mixture and mash together.  Return mixture to bean pot.

Serve over rice.  Traditionally this is served in Latin America with sliced oranges and cooked greens.  Yum!

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Tue, 09/28/2010 - 10:33

I started making this using Pinto beans instead of Great Northerns and halfway through I realized we didn't have any rice either. I served it over orzo and it was actually really good that way. The picture I added above is this variation, not the original recipe.