Saturday, July 31, 2010

they do the mash

The carnivore is in Vegas at his best friend's bachelor bash. And while baby omnivore and I miss him, my mom is coming over. This means three things - (1) there will likely be much reenacting of the Hangover on the carnivore's part, (2) baby omnivore will probably be held 24/7, and (3) I will get a chance to do some cooking that I wouldn't normally do. See my mom isn't as picky as the carnivore - but who is really.

My first experiment - mashed white beans. My hope is I can perfect this dish before the carnivore comes home. I was inspired by a similar dish I saw Nigella Lawson make on the Cooking Network. She is the British Paula Dean in my book. All about indulging in the good stuff.  And if she liked it, I thought it had to be worth a try.

So here is my simple recipe. Two make two large servings, start with one can of northern white beans, drained. Heat a sauce pot on medium heat. Add 1/4 cup of olive oil. Add in two cloves of minced garlic. Stir until fragrant. Add in the beans and toss till coated. Add in kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Once warm, mash the beans until the are to a consistency you like. I like mine a bit lumpy. Now if the carnivore was home I would stop there for him. But, since mom and I aren't afraid of greens I placed a serving of these beans on our plates and topped them with baby greens.

What can I say, this mash was amazing. Quick, filling, and best of all garlicky! I can't wait for the carnivore to get home so I can give it a go with him. Assuming he survives Vegas that is...What's your favorite dish to make when your significant other is out of town? Let me know below.

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