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Heirloom Bean and Mushroom “Carnitas” Casserole

What you see right here is a wonderful, hearty, winter-spirited casserole. It’s easy to tug collectively, and as soon as within the oven the scent of garlic and herbs baking alongside the heirloom beans, simmering tomatoes, and golden mushrooms will carry neighbors in off the sidewalk. You ought to make it a.s.a.p!

I discovered the recipe deep in again of Rancho Gordo Vegetarian Kitchen cookbook – (Rancho Gordo perpetually round right here). The approach for cooking the mushrooms is a part of what caught my consideration. You prepare dinner the mushrooms in fairly a little bit of liquid and then permit them to prepare dinner within the residual fats (olive oil) after the liquid evaporates. The approach is like carnitas, the basic Mexican pork dish. Hence the recipe title. But, after all, in contrast to the standard preparation, cooking this with mushrooms makes it a vegetarian casserole.  

Choosing the Right Beans

The recipe falls into the Dark & Hearty Beans chapter of the ebook, and Eye of the Goat beans, or different brown beans are what’s really helpful. That mentioned, many, many forms of beans might work right here. I went a bit rogue and used some stunning Rancho Gordo Yellow Eye Beans. They’re creamy, melty, and gentle. They took on the effervescent casserole juices fantastically. I additionally love the best way these beans specifically maintain their markings. Beyond these strategies, I think about utilizing any creamy white bean could be good right here too – for instance, the Alubia Blanca, or Marcella. And, for those who solely have canned beans readily available – it is okay! Drain them, rinse them, use them!
Heirloom Bean and Mushroom Carnitas Casserole

Cooking the Mushrooms

I simply wished to go away a visible reference right here. This is how the mushrooms appeared (above) after I take them off the warmth. And now that I am trying, I might have even gone a bit longer. Do you see how there’s good browning on the sides? That’s what you are after. Then, you add all the opposite substances to the identical pan (under), give all of it a superb stir, add a little bit of cheese and pop it within the oven. I’ve tweaked the unique recipe a bit to permit you to go from stovetop to oven in a single skillet (mirrored under), and bumped the amount up by half, as a result of this casserole is well-liked and goes quick.

Heirloom Bean and Mushroom Carnitas Casserole

Variations

Here are a pair methods you would possibly construct on this concept!

With Breadcrumbs: Toss 1 cup of chunky breadcrumbs with a glut of olive oil and sprinkle throughout the highest of the bean combination earlier than baking.

Breakfast Casserole: Make three divots within the bean-mushroom combination previous to baking, crack an egg into every of the depressions & bake till eggs are set, and bean combination is effervescent.

Heirloom Bean and Mushroom Carnitas Casserole

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