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CASSOULET BEANS AND SPINACH ON TOAST

A number of years ago my friend Lynn gave me a copy of Judy Roger’s The Zuni Café Cookbook (W.W.Norton & Company, New York, 2002). It inspired me in many ways, but mostly to become more adventurous with flavor. I learned that the simplest of dishes can contain the most satisfying flavors. Roger’s shared a recipe for boiled kale that led me to many dishes involving boiled kale and other greens.

Having some wonderful cooked Cassoulet beans on hand, (see recipe Cassoulet Beans) I decided to put them together with some spinach and serve it over thick slices of toasted multi-grain bread. The broth from the beans made a flavorful liquid in which to cook the spinach and to heat the beans. There is plenty of garlic and onions in the beans to give the dish some robust flavor. The crunchy toast contrasts with the silky topping, especially if the bread has seeds on top.

You can use any greens that you like, kale, spinach, chard, leafy endive, etc. Just adjust the cooking time to suit the tenderness of the greens. The amount of greens depends upon how much cooked beans and broth you have on hand and how many servings you want to make. About one to two cups of fresh greens per serving is a good guide. CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTIRE ARTICLE

CASSOULET BEANS

Every time I eat some beans from Rancho Gordo I think that they are the best beans I’ve ever eaten. These white runner beans are grown in California from seed from southwestern France. In France they are called Tarbais beans. Steve Sando, founder of Rancho Gordo, calls them Cassoulet beans and said,

Tarbais beans were developed by generations of farmers in Tarbais, France. The original seed is a New World runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus) and most likely originated in Mexico. Out of respect for the French farmers and terroir, we’re calling the bean Cassoulet Bean. We think in order to call it Tarbais, it should be grown in southwestern France.

You can order these as well as many others at WWW.RANCHOGORDO.COM.

This silky, smooth bean can be used in many ways. These beans can be mashed and used as a spread or dip. They can be combined with some cooked greens and spooned over toast. They can be added to some flavorful vegetable stock and served over spaghetti. Or you can just eat them straight up with a piece of bread and a glass of wine. CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTIRE ARTICLE