Black Bean "Cassoulet" Soup
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Black Bean "Cassoulet" Soup
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      Title: Black bean "cassoulet" soup
 Categories: Soups, Vegetables
      Yield: 16 servings
      2 lb Dried black (turtle) beans
  1 1/4 c  Best-quality olive oil
      3 c  Diced yellow onions
     12    Cloves garlic, crushed
      1    Very meaty ham bone or 2
           -smoked ham hocks
      8 qt Water
  3 1/2 tb Ground cumin
      2 tb Dried oregano
      3    Bay leaves
      1 tb Coarse (kosher) salt
      1 tb Freshly ground black pepper
      1 pn Cayenne pepper
      8 tb Chopped fresh Italian
  1 3/4    To 2 pounds fresh garlic
      6    Sweet Italian sausage links,
           -cut into 1-inch pieces
      6    Hot Italian sausage links,
           -cut into 1-inch pieces
      1 lb Bratwurst, cut into 1-inch
      3    Medium-size sweet red
           -peppers, cored, seeded, and
    1/4 c  Dry sherry
      3 tb Dark brown sugar
      2 tb Fresh lemon juice
  From The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook.
  " Our black bean soup is a Silver Palate staple.  In this recipe we've
  dressed it up with lots of hot and garlicky sausages, sweet red
  peppers, a bit of brown sugar, and unusual spices.  This makes a meal
  when served with a crisp, tart green salad."
  Sour cream
  1.  Soak the black beans in water to cover overnight.
  2.  Heat 1 cup of the oil in a large heavy stock pot over low heat.
  Add the onions and garlic and saute until the onions are limp, about
  10 minutes.
  3.  Drain and rinse the beans and add to the stock pot.  Add the ham
  bone and 6 quarts of the water.  Stir in the cumin, oregano, bay
  leaves, salt, pepper, cayenne, and 3 tablespoons of the parsely.
  Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered at a slow
  rolling boil for 2 hours, skimming foam from the top and stirring
  occasionally to prevent sticking.
  4.  Place the garlic sausage in a medium-size saucepan and add the
  remaining 2 quarts water.  Heat to boiling.  Reduce heat to low and
  simmer for 40 minutes.  Drain.  Remove casings and cut into 1/2-inch
  5.  Heat the remaining 1/4 cup oil in a large heavy skillet over
  medium heat.  Add the Italian sausages and saute until browned.
  Remove the sausages with a slotted spoon.
  6.  In the same skillet, saute the bratwurst until browned.  Remove
  with a slotted spoon.
  7.  After 2 hours of cooking, process 2 cups of the beans in a food
  processor fitted with a steel blade until smooth and return to the
  pot. Continue to cook for 30 minutes.
  8.  Add all the sausages and the red peppers and cook for another 30
  9.  Remove the ham bone from the soup, shred the meat and return to
  the pot.  Stir in the sherry, sugar, and lemon juice.
  10.  Cook over medium heat until the beans are very soft and the soup
  is thick, 30 to 45 minutes.  Stir in the remaining 5 tablespoons
  chopped parsley.  Taste and adjust seasonings.
  11.  Ladle the soup into soup bowls and dollop each serving with sour
  Makes 16 portions.

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Recipe ID 23983 (Apr 03, 2005)

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