“Awfully Good Beans”

These "Awfully Good Beans" are super easy to prepare and have a delicious flavor making them a perfect meatless main dish or side dish! Yep, that’s really the name! This has always been the perfect side dish at our neighborhood block parties. The hint of marjoram and tang of tomatoes meld together perfectly. It’s a hearty dish that we sometimes have as a main course during one of our “not having meat tonight” meals! With a little of the bean “liquor,” as they call it in the south, sopped up with a piece of crusty french bread, everyone will walk away from the table feeling satisfied and “Awfully Good!” Enjoy this easy, tasty and healthy side dish! Your only decision: spoon or fork!These "Awfully Good Beans" are super easy to prepare and have a delicious flavor making them a perfect meatless main dish or side dish!

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Edited from the original publication of September 10, 2016.

These "Awfully Good Beans" are super easy to prepare and have a delicious flavor making them a perfect meatless main dish or side dish!
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Awfully Good Beans

Taste them! You'll agree...they're "awfully good", right?!


Servings 4 servings
Author Debbie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried great northern beans
  • 6 Tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
  • 5 Tablespoons olive oil, not extra virgin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram leaves not ground powdered
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained. *(I like to use petite diced)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the beans in a large bowl.
  2. Discard any stones or any misshapen beans. Rinse under cold water and drain.

  3. Place rinsed beans in a large saucepan with a fitted lid. Cover with cold water by about 2”. Covered, bring to a boil.

  4. Allow to continue boiling for about 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat and remove lid. Let beans sit for about 1 hour. Drain. I love seeing the difference from when they were dried to after they've sat and soaked! 

    These "Awfully Good Beans" are super easy to prepare and have a delicious flavor making them a perfect meatless main dish or side dish!
  5. Transfer drained beans back to the pot and cover with water. Return to stove and bring to a low simmer, partially covered. Cook until the beans are tender but not squishy/mushy! About 45 minutes more.

  6. In another large saucepan, heat the butter with the olive oil. Stir until heated through. Stir in the dried marjoram leaves. This is where I can't help but pick up a spoonful and breathe in the rich delicious aroma! The butter, olive oil and marjoram...Mmmmm!

    These "Awfully Good Beans" are super easy to prepare and have a delicious flavor making them a perfect meatless main dish or side dish!
  7. Add the butter and oil mixture to the beans. Stir in the drained tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  8. Cook for 10 minutes on medium heat. See...they ARE "Awfully Good", right?

Recipe Notes

*I like to drain the canned tomatoes through a colander. With the back of a wooden spoon, I gently move the tomatoes around to remove as much liquid as possible.

Gr8 Do-Ahead Tip:

After step #7 above, set the beans aside or refrigerate and then heat 5 – 8 minutes on medium heat before serving.

 

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Claudia Kerns | 16th Sep 17

    Yummy!!!!

    • Debbie | 16th Sep 17

      And delicious as leftovers too, Lon! You would love the flavor of the marjoram! Let us know when you make it! A perfect dish for Fall!

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