After a mammoth grillfest, I'm always stuck with leftovers, and the last thing I want to do is make another run to the grocery store. Today, I plan on making a laid-back meal using items I already have on hand so that none of it goes to any waste. I'll prepare a dish I like to call cheesy beans and franks.
It's a cross between two comfort food faves: mac and cheese and cassoulet. Instead of carbohydrate-rich macaroni, I'm subbing in white beans and using frankfurters to ramp up the meaty flavor and texture. For a creative and fresh way to make the most of yesterday's leftovers, read more. 2 tablespoons olive oil Serves 4 to 6.
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups milk
3 1/2 cups grated (9 ounces) yellow cheddar cheese
2 cans (15 1/2 ounces each) white beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups smoked beef franks (7 ounces), halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick half-moons
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 cup finely crushed croutons
2 tablespoons olive oil
Serves 4 to 6.