Navy Bean-and-Artichoke Casserole with Goat Cheese
6 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
2 (1-ounce) slices whole-wheat bread
2 (15-ounce) cans navy beans, undrained
2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced and divided
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 cups chopped leek (about 3 large)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke bottoms, drained and each cut into 8 wedges
Olive oil-flavored cooking spray
1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
How to Make It
Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs form to measure 1 cup.
Preheat oven to 400°.
Drain beans in a colander over a bowl, reserving liquid. Add enough water to liquid to measure 1 cup. Combine beans, thyme, sage, pepper, and 1 garlic clove.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3 garlic cloves, leek, rosemary, salt, and artichokes; sauté 4 minutes. Stir in bean liquid mixture. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Spread half of bean mixture in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray, and top with half of goat cheese. Spread artichoke mixture over goat cheese; top with remaining bean mixture and remaining goat cheese. Combine the breadcrumbs and 1 tablespoon oil; sprinkle over goat cheese. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
I liked the flavor of this dish but as another poster mentioned, it felt like a side dish rather than a main course. It just left alot to be desired. I think adding chicken or pasta would really help to round it out.
I was hoping this would be a good main course dish. Nope. It was good, but not as a main course. I undercooked my beans to eliminate the common complaint of mushiness, but it still didn't have a lot of variations of flavor. Just a lot of leeks and beans. I love goat cheese and was hoping it would give this recipe the life it needed. Unfortunately it didn't.
This dish also required dirtying up a lot of stuff. The processor, a mixing bowl, and a pan. Not something a busy person needs. I probably won't make this again unless I need a side to support a main dish.