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One of those dishes was Mama’s Yankee White Bean Pies, and since then I had the chance to make it for dinner. This one was just as good! According to the book, the recipe’s name comes from Paula Deen’s friends who live in Indiana. “They taught her how to turn a handful of affordable, simple ingredients into these fried-patty sandwiches that will rock your world,” writes the Deen Brothers.
Mama’s Yankee White Bean Pies
Two 15 oz. cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 3/4 cups crushed Ritz crackers (about 35 crackers)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
olive oil, for frying
1 Vidalia onion, thinly sliced for serving
mayonnaise, for serving
12 slices white bread
1. Place the beans in a large bowl. Mash with a fork or potato masher until the beans are almost smooth, but still a little chunky. Add 3/4 cup of the cracker crumbs, the egg, thyme, salt, and pepper and mix well. Use your hands to form the mixture into 6 equal-size patties.
2. Place the remaining 1 cup cracker crumbs in a wide shallow bowl. Dip each patty in the cracker crumbs, turning to coat evenly.
3. Heat 1/8 inch olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot, but not smoking. Fry the patties, tunring once, until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Drain the patties on a paper-towel lined plate.
4. Sandwich each patty, along with sliced onion and a dollop of mayonnaise, between 2 slices of bread and serve.
My notes: I didn’t have Ritz crackers, so I substituted some bread crumbs, which held the patties intact well enough. I also didn’t have an onion, but I think a carmelized onion would be nice as a topping. Instead of the mayo, I offered a gourmet champagne mustard that I’d purchased from our recent Flower Market, and we had our sandwiches on Thomas’ Bagel Thins instead of white bread.
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