Happy Thanksgiving, Randall Cooks! What’s traditional on your family’s Thanksgiving table? The turkey’s a given, of course. You’ve got to have cranberry sauce. But every family has special traditions that are theirs and theirs alone. Maybe you smother your mashed potatoes with noodles or you have to have Aunt Jean’s pumpkin cheesecake. It’s those special touches that make every family’s holiday unique.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for new traditions. This year, try out one of these delicious bean recipes. Who knows, you might have a whole new family favorite.
Sure, mashed potatoes are the standard, but they can be so heavy and starchy. These mashed white beans leave out the milk and butter and boost the flavor with leeks, which have a mild onion flavor, and fresh chives. Add in a bit of cauliflower for a creamier texture and you’ll have a dish just as satisfying and homey as mashed potatoes, with a fraction of the calories. You know what that means: more room for pie.
The acidity of the tomatoes and white wine in this French-inspired bake will cut through some of the heavy flavors in traditional Thanksgiving suppers. White beans are cooked until bursting and topped with crunchy, garlicky bread crumbs. The contrasting textures are satisfying and sophisticated.
Crisp and cool, this salad is a great palate cleanser before you go back for round two on the smorgasbord. The sharp, fresh flavor of spearmint is completely unexpected, but when paired with sweet red onions and tangy capers, it all comes together in a dish that’s perfect for your Thanksgiving meal.
Any favorite Thanksgiving bean recipes to share?
Are you hungry yet? Head out to the store, and look for Randall’s Great Northern White Beans to make this dish tonight.