Beans in Cheese Sauce

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The Complete Book of Home Preserving

The Complete Book of Home Preserving

By Mary Norwak

Published 1978

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  • 8 oz/225 g dried beans
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pinch of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 ½ oz/40 g butter
  • 1 ½ oz/40 g plain flour
  • ¾ pint/375 ml milk
  • 2 oz/50 g grated Cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg


Use any dried beans for this dish, and soak them overnight. Drain; put into a pan with fresh water, chopped celery, onion, bay leaf and a pinch of soda. Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour. Drain and remove the bay leaf. Melt the butter and work in the flour. Cook for 2 minutes, then gradually stir in the milk and continue cooking and stirring until the sauce is smooth. Take off the heat and stir in the cheese. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg, and mix with the beans and vegetables. Put into a shallow oven-proof serving dish. Grill under a medium grill until the top is golden and bubbling. This dish is very good served with grilled tomatoes, or a tomato salad.

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