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Cook up your own soup beans on the stovetop or in the slow cooker (see Tip). These brothy beans get a kick when served with fermented cabbage and black-pepper-spiced skillet cornbread.

EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2022

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Credit: Jacob Fox

Recipe Summary test

active:
25 mins
other-time:
plus overnight soaking
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
8
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Ingredients

Beans
Cornbread

Directions

To prepare beans:
  • Drain and rinse beans. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat (or see Tip, below). Add onion and cook until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 45 to 60 seconds. Add broth, bay leaves, thyme and the beans. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the beans are tender, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. (You want them to remain whole and not falling apart.) Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

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Meanwhile, prepare cornbread:
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Add oil to an 8-inch cast-iron skillet and place in the oven for 5 minutes.

  • Combine cornmeal, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Mix egg and buttermilk in a large measuring cup. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry to combine. Pour the hot oil into the batter and stir to combine, then pour the batter back into the hot skillet. Sprinkle with pepper.

  • Bake the cornbread until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly. Cut into 8 slices.

  • Serve the beans with the cornbread and sauerkraut (or chowchow).

To make ahead:

Refrigerate beans (Step 1) for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Equipment:

8-inch cast-iron skillet 

Tip:

To cook beans in a slow cooker, combine the drained beans, onion, garlic, 5 cups broth (or water), bay leaves and thyme in a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low until the beans are tender, about 6 hours. (You want them to remain whole and not falling apart.) Discard bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Season with 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: generous 1 cup beans, 1 piece cornbread & 2 Tbsp. sauerkraut (or chowchow)

Per Serving: Cal 317, Fat 6g (sat 1g), Chol 24mg, Carbs 53g, Total sugars 3g (added 0g), Protein 16g, Fiber 14g, Sodium 640mg, Potassium 788mg.

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