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It is a winter wonderland out there today! And while the weather outside might be frightful…  I’m lucky to be coming to you *LIVE* from my comfy, cozy couch with a big ole [delightful] bowl of creamy, filling….bean-filled … ragout?

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Didn’t see that coming, did ya? haha

After scanning the pantry  and stumbling across a recipe for Butter Bean Ragout from Bon Appetit, I knew exactly what I was wanted to make. For one, their photo of the dish is gorgeous (I’m a sucker for some food porn)… but also, all of the ingredients were ones I had in the house… and I’m always down for a good pantry or fridge clean-out recipe!

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Once I gave the recipe a look, I did know I wanted to make a few changes.. namely cut the time with some canned beans (versus using dried) and reduce the amount of oil used… because well, almost 2 cups is … a lot! I also upped the amount of fennel because I love it. The recipe below is modified from the original, which you can find at Bon Appetit.

The result? A creamy, comforting, veggie-filled dish with a punch of freshness and bite from the parsley and garlic. I enjoyed mine with a sprinkle of hot red pepper flakes on top as well.

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Butter Bean Ragout

Perfect for a cold winter day.


Recipe modified from the July 2015 issue of Bon Appetit.

Ingredients

  • 4 15.5 oz. cans of butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small fennel bulb, chopped (remove and discard green fronds)
  • 1/4 large celery root (celeriac), peeled, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups pieces spinach, chopped
  • ½ cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°.

Then, heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-low. Add chopped onion, fennel, celery root, garlic clove and celery; bay leaves and 1 tsp. salt to skillet, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft but haven’t taken on any color, approximately 15–20 minutes. Once cooked, remove and discard bay leaves.

Place drained and rinsed beans in a large pot and add cold water to cover the beans by 1/2″. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, occasionally skimming surface, until beans are warmed through and easily smashed with the back of a spoon. Season with salt and stir in 1/4 cup oil. Once beans are heated through, mix cooked vegetables into cooked beans.

Purée 3 cups bean and veggie mixture and liquid in a blender or with an immersion blender until smooth and creamy (be careful pureeing hot liquids!); stir puree back into bean mixture. Then, stir in spinach and season with salt.

Pour ragout into a 3-qt. baking dish and bake in a 400 degree oven until bubbly and the top is browned, about 30–35 minutes (depending on how much water you used, this could take longer). Let cool 10 minutes before serving. Keep in mind, the ragout will thicken as it sits and cools.

Meanwhile, in a food processor, blend parsley, 1 clove of garlic, and 1/4 cup oil. Cover and set aside. Don’t have a food processor? You could try mortar and pestle or even just finely chop and mix with oil! Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a skillet over medium-high and toast panko breadcrumbs until golden brown. Keep a close eye on them, this happens fast!

Serve ragout drizzled with parsley and garlic  and topped with toasted panko.


Couple of notes:

  • beans8.jpgSeason as you go! It’s beans so they definitely need some help! While you want to make sure you don’t end up with a SALTY dish, seasoning is definitely important!
  • Speaking of beans — you can use any bean you want! I really love the large butter beans but any other bean you like or have would definitely work here!
  • I’d never used celery root before this recipe! While it looks intimidating, it was actually very easy to cut and peel! Just break out your regular ole vegetable peeler — no special equipment needed. I plan to use my leftover for some oven roasted celery root “fries”. If you don’t want to use, or can’t find celery root (aka celeriac) — the recipe suggests that you can sub in carrots.
  • This definitely thickens up as leftovers — if you’re reheating and it seems too thick — just add a splash of water into whatever you’re heating and it’ll loosen it up!
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Eggcellent

Ahhh, what to do when you are scraping at the bottom of the barrel… errr.. fridge on the night before your grocery run? Kitchen-Sink Egg Bake!!! …. which in this case, turned into Eggs in a Nest!

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As a kid, breakfast for dinner was a huge treat (and usually pancakes), but this big kid still loves her some breakfast-y goods after the sun sets.

Here’s what I found in my fridge….

  • 2 medium yellow potatoes (that were on their last legs, TBH)
  • Leftover roasted bell peppers and onions (super simple, just sliced onions and peppers, tossed with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted at 375* until they are soft and have a little char on them)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs

And what I did with it…

Serves 2

  • Preheat oven to 375*F
  • Fill a large bowl with cold water, set aside
  • Grate potatoes on a box grater. Place grated potatoes in the bowl with cold water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  • Drain potatoes and place on a clean kitchen towel… ring out excess moisture.
  • Place potatoes in a dry bowl and season with salt and pepper, to taste
  • Spray a small cast iron skillet (or other oven safe dish) with oil and pre-heat (medium heat) on stovetop (watch the handle if you’re using cast iron — always use an oven mitt!!)
  • Once hot, spread potatoes in an even layer (you’ll hear the telltale *sizzle*) and let the bottom brown for 4-5 minutes

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  • Then (carefully — *caution hot*) place pan in the oven for 10-15 minutes until potatoes are cooked through and slightly brown
  • Spread onion and pepper mixture on top of the potatoes and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese

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  • Place back in over to warm through and brown cheese
  • Once cheese is browned, crack two eggs over the top and sprinkle lightly with salt
  • Cook until egg whites are set (10-12 minutes)
  • Sprinkle with extra Parm & serve!

This crispy dish will definitely find its way to my brunch (and dinner) table again soon! The best part? Like pretty much everything I make… everything is customizable! Want to get rid of some spinach and feta? Boom. Delicious. Extra deli meat? Bacon? Mozz? Tomatoes? It all works! The possibilities are endless!!

… and making me hungry!