Happy Holidays Randall Beans Fans! We hope this holiday season your home is filled with good people, good times and good food.
We would be honored to be a fixture at your dinner table this season. Our library of recipes is full of dishes perfect for the holidays! Being one of our favorite times of the year, we couldn’t resist looking through them all and thinking of what we are going to make for our table.
Of course, it would be impossible to limit our cooking this season to just a few recipes, but here is a sampling of some of our favorite holiday bean recipes covering appetizers, a side dish, main course and something sweet to follow it all up with, obviously.
Happy Holidays, and happy eating!
This recipe has everything you want from a holiday starter: creamy, cheesy, spinach and bean goodness! This dip makes for a perfect appetizer when a large group of family comes together. Plus, it is so easy to make. In about 30 minutes you can be enjoying this creamy bean dip if you need something last minute.
If you are doing a holiday pitch-in and have to travel you can make it in your slow cooker and bring it with you. Prepared similarly to other spinach dips, this recipe calls for Randall Bean Great Northern White Beans to up the creaminess levels without as much milk or cheese and give the dish delightful hints of nuttiness.
When it comes to iconic holiday side dishes it is hard to top the classic green bean casserole. Crunchy green beans, crispy onions all held together with a creamy sauce. Tough to beat, right? Well, this slight twist on the holiday classic may have just done it! We took a traditional recipe and kicked it up a notch with the inclusion of our white beans.
The result is a green bean casserole that has the same crunch and crispiness but is even creamier with the addition of great northern beans. This recipe combines the smooth texture of the Great Northern Bean with the slight crispness of the green bean. Topped off with a crunchy baked onion layer, this casserole is easy to make, is full of flavor and chock-full of protein and fiber.
Speaking of traditional holiday dishes, one of the most popular main courses this time of year is ham. Juicy and succulent, as delicious as ham is, we ALWAYS have leftovers, which is one of the reasons we love it so much. It creates opportunities for making awesome meals over the next couple days like ham sandwiches, casseroles and, our favorite, ham and bean soup! Picking our favorite ham and beans is like picking our favorite children, but this one is definitely in the running!
This ham and beans recipe is particularly hearty. A lot of recipes call for just one ham bone or hock, but this one calls for two. This balances the beans to ham ratio, making a meatier soup. A hearty, meaty, healthy and low-fat soup? Sounds like a winner, doesn’t it? We also throw in some collard greens a few minutes before serving. The collard greens give the dish a smoky and earthy tone and make it all the better for this time of year. Collard greens are packed full of vitamins and nutrients that will help fight any cold or sickness you may run into this winter.
Who’s ready for something sweet? As important as the main course is, during the holidays, dessert is just as important. You’ll probably already be loaded up with pies, cake and cookies already, so we have something a little different for you to make this year. Say hello to dessert with beans!
These decadent treats are made with Randall Beans black bean puree. Using beans are a great way to add extra protein to desserts, and you and whoever else who enjoys them will never know the difference – all they will taste is guilt-free chocolatey goodness! Best of all, these truffles have limited required ingredients and require no baking! Simply combine the ingredients, let them set in the fridge while you prepare the coating, roll them into shape, coat them and let them sit for a little while before enjoying.
Want more bean recipes perfect for the holidays? Be sure to check out all the other recipes in our library!