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Slow-Baked Beans With Kale (Martha Rose Shulman)

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“The beans are baked very slowly and get very creamy texture, while the liquid they cook in thickens to a caramelized syrup. The kale practically melts in this casserole, going from bitter to sweet. I love using lima beans in this dish because they’re so big and their texture is so luxurious. This recipe was printed in the New York Times. NOTE: Make sure that the beans come to a simmer on top of the stove before placing them in the oven. Do not use old beans, which will not soften no matter how long you simmer them. If the beans do not soften in the oven after a couple of hours, raise the heat to 300 F. If you live at a high altitude, raise the oven temperature and let the the beans bake for longer. DO AHEAD: You can make this recipe through Step 3 and store it in the refrigerator up to four days ahead of serving. Top with the bread crumbs, and reheat in a 350 F oven for 15 minutes until the beans are bubbling and the bread crumbs lightly browned. Nutritional Information (6 servings): 370 calories; 8g fat; 58g carb; 12g fiber; 19g protein”
3hrs 20mins

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  1. Preheat the oven to 225°F Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt generously and add the kale. Blanch for two minutes, then transfer to a bowl of ice water. Drain, squeeze out water and cut into ribbons. Set aside. (I blanch the kale to extract some of the bitterness, but you can skip this step.).
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat in a large ovenproof casserole. Add the onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring often, until the onion is tender, about five minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute. Add the dissolved tomato paste, and bring to a simmer.
  3. Add the drained beans, the remaining water, the bouquet garni, herbes de Provence and salt and pepper. Stir in the kale, bring to a simmer, cover and place in the oven. Bake three hours until the beans are tender and creamy. (Made sure that the beans stay at a very slow simmer while in the oven. If they are not when you check, turn up the heat.) Taste and adjust salt.
  4. Mix together the remaining olive oil and the bread crumbs. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the beans, and continue to bake another 30 minutes to an hour until the bread crumbs are lightly browned. Remove from the heat and serve; or allow to cool slightly and serve.

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