Years ago I made a random white bean side dish that I left on the hot plate to stay warm for Shabbat dinner. When I was ready to serve the dish the liquid had mostly evaporated and I feared a disaster in front of a table full of hungry guests. Turned out to be the best dish on the table. I love happy accidents, they lead to the best recipes.
This recipe is perfect on a cold winter night when all you want is something hot, soothing and full of flavor, this concentrated bean stew totally does the trick. The secret is the sun-dried tomatoes. The longer they sit the more they infuse the stew with a salty, umami rich flavor you will want to savor. And let's face it, we can all use a bit of sun in December.
Since the time of my happy accident I have played around a bit, adding chicken, using different kinds of greens and other flavorings, but my favorite is still the original "mistake" recipe from two years ago. Combine any hearty winter greens, white cannellini beans, rosemary, lots of garlic and sun dried tomatoes. You can use chicken or vegetable stock or water and cook for at least an hour and simmer for up to 3 hours on low. Pure comfort!
By the way, one of my favorite books is Comfort Me With Apples from Ruth Reichl and that inspired the title.
Enjoy my recipe, Chard and White Bean Stew Recipe.