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Fast and Easy Recipe For Cheesy Beans and Franks

Monday's Leftovers: Cheesy Beans and Franks

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.

Cheesy Beans and Franks

Cheesy Beans and Franks

Fast and Easy Recipe for Cheesy Beans and Franks 2010-07-01 23:14:38

Ingredients

  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  3. 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  4. 1 3/4 cups milk
  5. 3 1/2 cups grated (9 ounces) yellow cheddar cheese
  6. 2 cans (15 1/2 ounces each) white beans, drained and rinsed
  7. 2 cups smoked beef franks (7 ounces), halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick half-moons
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  10. 1/2 cup finely crushed croutons

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, and saute, stirring frequently, until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add flour, and stir to coat onion. Reduce heat to medium. While stirring with a whisk, add the milk in a steady stream; continue whisking constantly, especially in the corners of the pan, until combined. Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until sauce begins to thicken slightly, about 2 minutes. Add the cheese 1 cup at a time, stirring to combine after each addition.
  2. Remove from heat, and stir in the beans and sausage. Season with salt and pepper, and transfer to an 8-inch square or 6-cup-capacity ovenproof dish.
  3. Sprinkle croutons over the top of the casserole, and bake until edges are bubbling, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Let cool slightly before serving.

Serves 4 to 6.

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