Navy Bean & Wild Mushroom "Risotto"

Ingredients

10 1/2 ounces dried navy beans rehydrate in water as per directions on package
a good handful dried wild mushrooms (I like to use the dried, because you will use the hydrating liquid
4 cups water (to make the mushroom “stock”)
1 medium vidalia onion chop
3 sage leaves finely sliced (chiffonade)
Salt and pepper to taste
Couple of squirts of Pam
1 green onion finely chopped for garnish

Preparation

1
The night before, place beans in a large bowl and fill with water (as per directions).
2
The morning of the meal, place the handful of mushrooms into a large Pyrex measuring cup (4+ cups) and fill with warm water. Allow to sit all day hydrating (make sure you cover tightly with cello, otherwise your place will smell of mushrooms).
3
To make the meal:
4
Drain the mushrooms through a very fine sieve (I use a yogurt cheese maker to do this). Reserve the liquid. Rinse the mushrooms as they may be sandy!
5
Drain and rinse the beans.
6
In a large cast enamelled dutch oven, spray a couple squirts of Pam and begin sweating the onions (you may need to add a bit of the mushroom stock to do this).
7
When the onions have turned translucent, add the rinsed beans and stir thoroughly.
8
Add all of the mushroom stock, and the low sodium chicken stock (don’t add the mushrooms yet). Add the sage.
9
Cook covered on med-high heat for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally (add more stock if it has been completely absorbed). As the stock is absorbed into the beans, the beans will cook to a creamy consistency, leaving some beans whole. Just at the end, add the mushrooms.
10
To finish, you may wish to add a pat of unsalted butter (but not I) and a dash of cognac - as these flavours are wonderful with mushrooms.
11
Garnish with finely chopped green onions or cheese.
12
Enjoy!
13
You can add sausage, cooked chicken or any type of meat you like. Or make a mock Cassoulet, and add some torn duck confit pieces!!!

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Yield:

2 servings

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:13am

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