Sunday, 18 October 2009

Recipe: Borlottie/Cranberry Beans

Ingredients - Serves 4

400g cranberry beans/barbunya pilaki
2ltrs water
salt and pepper

Method - 

If using dried beans, put borlottie beans in a bowl and cover with 1ltr of water. Leave to soak overnight.
The next day drain.
Whether using fresh or dried beans put them into a pan and cover with 1ltr of water, season with pepper only at this stage. Cover and bring to boil and then simmer on a medium heat until beans have turned soft but still remain whole. Keep an eye on the water to make sure it does not boil dry, top up if necessary.
Once beans have cooked drain the beans and at this point season with salt.
The beans are now ready to be used in your recipes.

Simple Baked Beans -

The cooked borlottie beans make a good baked beans in tomato sauce. Simply take a portion of the cooked beans and add tomato ketchup (as much as required depending on how saucy you like them) and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Thank you to Sandy for help with the above, as I knew nothing about this bean despite seeing them on the market stalls.

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