During the month of October, I will be participating in the Write 31 Days hosted by Crystal Stine. My category is Food, Health & Wellness and my theme is "Into The Kitchen".
Many good recipes come with a story. They can be handed down for generations or the result of a plan gone awry. This recipe comes from friends who served it at a wine dinner they held in their wine shop. Their backgrounds are Italian and Polish, I believe...forgive me if I got that wrong.
We were all gathered around the table and when the course was announced, I thought hmm, I probably won't like this but here goes. I forget exactly what they called it, but essentially it was white rice and navy beans (white beans) with a onion and butter sauce topping.
Who would have thought that the combination of white rice, white beans and onions would make such a tasty dish? Not me for sure, but let me tell you I was surprised and pleased. It was so simple and so delicious, I had to try and duplicate it. Now I don't make it like they did, but it is every bit as good because all the same ingredients are there.
What you need:
1 can white beans (drained and rinsed)
1/2 cup rice (long-grain, parboiled)
1 ¼ cups water
4 cups sweet onions, rough chopped
2 tablespoons butter
Olive oil as needed
Salt and pepper to taste
Remember, I don't measure this stuff (except the rice and water), so these are my estimates, and I may use more or less on any given day. And yes, you read that right. Four cups of onions...don't skimp, the onions make the dish!
Heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium low. Add the onions and let them cook, stirring occasionally for about 45 minutes total, adding more olive oil as needed. I put a lid on mine, but it's not necessary.
|4 cups of onions|
At about the halfway point, bring the water to a boil and add the beans and rice. Cover, reduce the heat and cook for 20 minutes.
When the rice is done and the onions are a dark golden color, add them to the beans and rice and mix thoroughly.
It's not the most photogenic dish, but it is really good. I served this last night with some spicy sausage. Yum!
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