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Convection Baked White Bean Casserole with Artichokes and Olives
Flageolet beans are typically served with roast lamb in Provence but, this creamy white bean casserole with robust flavors of artichokes and olives is a delicious option.
Soaking and simmering the beans is of course ideal but those cans are handy in a pinch.
1 cup dried white beans, soaked overnight and simmered for 1 ½ - 2 hours till soft OR
2 15 oz cans white beans, drained and rinsed
2 shallot, peeled and sliced
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 12oz jar artichoke hearts, sliced
1 cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved
½ cup chicken or vegetable stock
¼ cup finely chopped parsley
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Heat a large saute pan over moderate heat then add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan, swirl to coat the pan then add the shallots and garlic.
Cook over moderate heat until just softened then stir in the artichoke hearts. Cook covered for a few minutes then stir in the olives and the stock. (A little stock is good to keep the beans from becoming dry but don’t add so much that the mixture becomes soupy.)
Butter or oil a 4 cup oven-casserole dish and scrape the bean mixture into the dish. Season with some sea salt and freshly ground pepper then top with the parsley and Parmesan cheese.
Bake in the Convection or Convection Bake mode 350°F for 20 - 25 minutes until heated through.
Serves 6 - 8
Link to Convection Roast Leg of Lamb
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Almond Orange Olive Oil Cake
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1 - cup whole raw almonds lightly toasted and cooled
¾ - cup twice-sifted cake flour
1 ½ - teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of kosher or sea salt
4 - large eggs
1 - cup sugar
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
Finely grated zest of one small orange or Meyer lemon
⅔ - cup extra virgin olive oil
Toast the almonds in the Convection Mode 325 degrees until golden brown inside, set aside to cool completely.
Leave the oven set at 325 or change to 350 degrees if using standard Bake Mode.
Butter the bottom and sides of a 9” round cake pan and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.
Place the almonds in a food processor with one third of the cake flour and process until almost as fine as sand.
In a medium sized bowl whisk together the remaining cake flour, baking powder and salt then whisk in the ground almond mixture.
In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the eggs on high speed until well-blended. Add the sugar gradually then add the vanilla and orange zest. Continue whipping on high speed until the mixture triples in volume, about 3 minutes.
On low speed, add the flour mixture in three batches alternating with the olive oil and beating just until the batter is blended.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until firm to the touch in the center. Cook in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a rack.
Recipe from “Wine Country Table ” author Janet Fletcher