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                               Five-Day Beans
 
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :99:59
 Categories    : Side Dishes                      Main Course
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1 1/3  cups          Great Northern beans or lima beans
    1                    bay leaf
    1      teaspoon      dried thyme
      1/2  teaspoon      salt -- plus salt to taste
    2      tablespoons   butter
      3/4  cup           minced green onion
      1/2  cup           grated carrot
      1/2  cup           minced celery
    2      tablespoons   minced fresh sage
                         fresh ground pepper -- to taste
      1/2  cup           whipping cream
      1/4  cup           seasoned bread crumbs
 
 1. On Day 1 cover beans with cold water and let stand 24 hours.
 
 2. On Day 2 drain beans. Place in a medium saucepan, add bay leaf, thyme, 1/2
 teaspoon of the salt, and water to cover. Over high heat bring to a boil,
 reduce heat to maintain a simmer, and cook until tender (about 1 hour). Drain
 beans, reserving 1 cup liquid. Transfer beans to a bowl, add reserved liquid,
 cover, and refrigerate.
 
 3. On Day 3 in a large skillet over moderate heat, melt butter. Add onion,
 carrot, and celery and saute 3 minutes. Add sage and cook 1 minute. Stir in
 beans with their liquid and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cool, cover,
 and refrigerate 2 days.
 
 4. On Day 5 preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter an 11- by 13-inch baking
 dish. Season beans with salt and pepper, then transfer to baking dish. Drizzle
 cream over dish and dot with bread crumbs. Bake until hot and lightly browned
 (15 to 20 minutes). Serve from the baking dish, if desired.
 
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 NOTES : For busy cooks, it’s nice to have a repertoire of dishes that can be
 assembled a little at a time over several days. The preparation of these beans
 can be stretched over five days, although it doesn't need to be. If you
 prefer, you can do step 1 on one day, steps 2 and 3 the next day, and step 4
 the day of the party. Refrigerating the beans for at least one day improves
 their flavor.