This is a creamy, luxurious dish from Cafe Reconcile in New Orleans. It can easily be halved or doubled for a large crowd. Serve over white rice or with some crusty French bread.
2 pounds white northern beans
4 cups chopped onions
2 cups chopped celery
2 cups chopped bell peppers
1/2 cup chopped parsley
3 - 4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 T. thyme
dash cayenne pepper
dash white pepper
chicken or shrimp stock (enough to cover beans)
1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined shrimp
4 cups heavy cream
steamed white rice
Soak beans in enough water to cover in the refrigerator overnight. Drain beans.
In a large pot, combine beans, veggies, seasonings and stock. Simmer, covered, for 2 - 3 hours until beans are tender.
Add shrimp and cream and simmer until shrimp are cooked, approximately 5 minutes.
Serve over white rice.