I am a fan of white beans, no doubt about it. I love bean soups and bean salads, and bean pates. Beans are healthy and a great source of complete protein. I’m always looking for new ways to prepare beans and landed on this interesting recipe that uses caramelized onions. Being a huge onion fan, I thought it sounded rather good, so I gave it a try.
I like the recipe which I found on treehugger, because it is simple and requires only 4 main ingredients, onions, cheese, beans and spice. The original recipe called for thyme, but I think Mexican spices, such as cumin, chile powder and possibly some jalapeno might be an interesting addition as well.
I began by slices five onions in half-moon slices and sauteing them in olive oil for an eternity. The recipe said it would take 25 minutes, but it took a lot longer than that to achieve the sugary golden flavor or caramelized onions. Add thyme to the onions in the last stages of cooking.
Once the onions were prepared, I washed and drained two cans of white beans. I always wash my canned foods , because I think it washes salt and chemicals away. Not sure if it really helps, but it makes me feel better.
Divide the onions into thirds and spread the first third in the bottom of a casserole dish. I sprayed no-stick spray on just to make sure they wouldn’t stick, although it probably wasn’t necessary due to the olive oil in the onions.
and sprinkle with cheese. Again, feel free to experiment with different cheeses. The original recipe called for cheddar, but I think Asiago or parmesan and rosemary spice would be nice for an Italian flavor. Continue to layer onions and beans ending with cheese on top. Before placing in the oven, add one half cup white wine or veggie broth if you prefer.
Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes at 400 degrees or until cheese is bubbling and slightly browned.
It was flavorful, simple and delicious.
And for those of you who are wondering what this has to do with my blog theme, I sewed the red table runner and napkins you see in the final photo. She sews and she cooks! 🙂