I was vegetarian for about 7 years and still eat mostly vegetables, but now you can find me at a tripe stand or a butcher's restaurant when I want meat. I am amazed daily at the quality of ingredients here.
Today at the Saturday Market, I saw some fresh cannellini beans and had to have some!
With beans you can create so many different recipes.
I am thinking about summer recipes now like a tuna and bean salad or the twice cooked beans served with sausage.
Try this simple recipe even with dried beans.
Beans cooked with oil
Cover the beans with cold water.
Add a sage branch and an garlic clove, peeled.
Drizzle with about 4 tbs of extra virgin olive oil.
Slow cook until done.
My fresh beans took a little over an hour.
Normally, you need to soak your beans over night.
Rinse off and procede with the same cooking method.
Older beans will take more water to cook.
I like to cook a lot of beans and then freeze the leftovers.
A simple recipe which is an all-time favorite of mine is to simply serve the beans on Fettunta, Tuscan garlic bread.
Toast or grill a slice of country-style bread.
|my tuscan toaster-- stovetop|
Rub with raw garlic.
Place on plate and top with the beans.
Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on top and a nice grinding of black pepper.
If you serve this in a bowl, with the bean broth poured on top, it is called Zuppa Frantoiana.
EAT LIKE A TUSCAN
yesterday I saw these Borlotti beans at the market-- wish I had picked them up too!