Deep-dish cassoulet of flageolet beans

May 18, 2010 at 10:31 am (Beans, B_minus (2 stars, okay), Fall recipes, French, Georgeanne Brennan, Winter recipes)

Last fall Derek and I went to Metz for the day.  (It’s an hour away by train, so it makes a nice day trip.)  Saturday is their farmer’s market, and I searched every stand trying to find things that I can’t buy find in my local market.  I bought a beautiful braid of garlic, a bag of harissa paste, lots of French cheeses, some fresh beans (whose name I couldn’t understand), and a bag of dried flageolet beans.  I’ve never eaten flageolet beans before, or even seen them.  Mine were small, pale-green, kidney-shaped beans.  Georgeanne Brennan says they have an intense bean flavor that brings their particular character to a dish, they hold their shape when cooked, and they do not lose their integrity even when combined with other ingredients.

Inspired by our trip last week to Paris, I decided to make a French dinner on Friday night, using recipes from my new French cookbook (“The Vegetarian Table: France”). Read the rest of this entry »

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