Saturday, March 27, 2010

Pure Comfort: Vegan Country "Ham" and Beans

Nothing says comfort on a chilly, rainy night like a big bowl of this Vegan Country "Ham" and Beans. Tender white beans, chewy seitan ham, veggies, and a creamy sauce all poured over fluffy cornbread...mmmm, I feel all warm and cozy already
For the "ham," I used a homemade seitan ham, but plain seitan, smoked tofu, or even tempeh chunks would work as well! Vegan Country"Ham" and Beans (serves 6-8)
1 lb dried white beans, soaked at least 8 hours
1 qt water
1 bay leaf

1/2 cup celery, small diced
1 cup carrots, small diced
2 cups white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced

3 cups seitan "ham" or plain seitan
2 cups vegetable broth
2 Tbs olive oil
2 tsp dry sage
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt

1 cup soymilk
2 Tbs whole wheat flour

In a large pot, bring soaked beans, water, and bay leaf to a boil. Cook for approx. 1 hour, until the beans are tender and softened. Drain and set aside.
While the beans are cooking, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute the celery, carrots, onion, and garlic for about 8-10 minutes, until softened and beginning to caramelize. Add in the spices, except for the salt, and saute for 2 more minutes. Add the diced ham, vegetables, and broth to the cooked beans. Cook for 20 minutes over low heat. In a small bowl, whisk together the soymilk and flour to make a slurry. Add into bean pot and stir well. Stir in the salt. Allow to cook and thicken for 5 more minutes, until smooth and creamy.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve over cornbread or biscuits, and enjoy!!


HayMarket8 said...

Looks great to me! I love anything with seitan recently. I have been posting seitan recipes for months! :)

Anonymous said...

I think that this food is really good, but sometimes we do not look around to get a good restaurant where we can eta beans and ham.. I guess that next to xl pharmacy is a good restaurant.