White beans puree, fried onions and sausages and mixed pickles.
This is a Romanian Traditional recipe, served with smoked meats or fried lardo (“slanina”), nicely pickled gherkins, cabbage and cauliflower, for the long and cold winter nights around the kitchen…
Because it can be made with either dried white beans or the canned kind, this is a dish that has “variable” cooking time.
The dried beans need overnight soaking in cold water, then they need to boil for 30 minutes, after which the water is changed and boiled again, (with the rest of the ingredients) for another hour until soft enough to blend.
- 800g white beans
- 250ml vegetable oil
- 2-4 onions
- 3-4 garlic cloves
- 1-2 carrots
- 1-2 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
- few black peppercorns (optional)
- salt&black pepper
For this recipe let’s use the canned beans of which you’ll need about 800g for 4 persons in net weight. Two large cans would do.
Use haricot beans, butter beans, white kidney beans…
Add the beans (drained and rinsed) to a pot of boiling water. Add a touch of salt, one onion (whole), the garlic cloves, carrot, bay leaf and a few black peppercorns.
Boil for 20 minutes or until the beans are soft enough to go in the blender.
Remove and discard the onion, the bay leafs and the carrot, the garlic and peppercorns can remain in the pot, they’ll blend well. Drain (keeping the liquid) the beans.
Blend the beans (use a hand blender for best results) adding 100ml of oil, and gradually adding some of the liquid in which the beans were boiled.
The resulting white beans puree should be smooth, with a consistency of soft mashed potatoes.
If you want it creamier, double cream or/and butter can be added to the beans. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
For the fried onions, dice or slice thinly a couple of onions and fry in the rest of the oil, on a medium heat until they get quite a bit of color.
They should be fried bit not caramelised. At the end add the sweet paprika and mix well. Remove from heat and sprinkle on top of the mashed white beans.
It can be served with fried smoked sausages, fried bacon or gammon, even on its own as a vegetarian dish.
Mixed pickles work well here that’s the tradition, and (sometimes) a glass of pickle water, otherwise, a good red wine to cut the richness.
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