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Tiny French Beans with Smoked Sausage

Dinner tonight will be… Yep, I bought a genuine Crock Pot. Only thing is, someone please explain to me what sorting the beans in step 2 means?

Tiny French Beans with Smoked Sausage


  • 2 pounds smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1½-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup minced shallots
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups dried flageolets or other dried white beans (about 1 pound)
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup minced fresh or 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (14½-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth


  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add sausage, sauté 5 minutes or until browned. Remove from pan, and place in an electric slow cooker. Heat the oil in pan over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Sort and wash beans. Add beans, shallot mixture, water, and the remaining ingredients to slow cooker. Cover and cook on high 8 hours or until beans are tender. Yield: 8 servings (serving size 1¼ cups).

Larry's doesn't have turkey sausage, so I am using Andouille chicken sausage.

Crapola. Thought I had gotten mildly spiced sausage. Nope. One package was mildly spiced. The other is spicy hot. I can handle the spiciness, but it masks the more subtle flavors of thyme, shallot, and garlic.

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oracle2c From: oracle2c Date: March 15th, 2003 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Beats me. Unless it means to make sure all the beans are edible and get rid of the yukies? Deirdre would know I'll bet. I'd just skip that part.....

...........Fine go ahead and cook something yummy and warm while I'll most likely be freezing my arse grabbing crumby fast food. This is the part where you feel badly for me ;p
gkr From: gkr Date: March 15th, 2003 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I could bring some over.
dichotomous From: dichotomous Date: March 15th, 2003 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)

When you get dried beans sometimes there are pebbles in them, and you have to sort them out so nobody breaks their teeth. :)
josefinek From: josefinek Date: March 15th, 2003 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I love how the "sort beans" implies "from rocks".

Nature is RETARDED.
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