Roasted Beans & Cured Pork

Roasted Beans & Cured Pork

1h+

Large local white beans cooked with cured meat and aromatics! The roasted beans & cured pork is definitely a delicious comfort meal, and it can be paired with sautéed greens, crusty bread, or just eaten as it is! Korça is a rich agricultural region in Albania, and these large beans are one of its great products. Thin, skinned, and packed with flavor! The goat butter can be replaced with regular butter, while the salt-cured pork can be replaced with bacon.

  • Add 500g of jumbo white beans that have been soaked overnight to a pot. Cover it with 3L of water and warm over high heat

  • Trim, peel, and small dice 1 onion

  • Trim, deseed, and small dice 1 red bell pepper

  • Trim, peel and small dice 1 carrot

  • Trim, peel, and roughly chop 2 garlic cloves

  • Remove the beans from the heat and add the diced vegetables

  • Add 4tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and mix

  • Add 1tbsp of sweet paprika and mix

  • Place the pot back over medium-low heat, cover it with a lid, and bring it to a boil

  • Add 200g of salt-cured pork meat and mix it. Let it simmer for 1h30m, until ¾ of the water has been absorbed. Remove from the heat

  • Trim, peel, and small dice 1 onion

  • Trim, deseed, and small dice 1 red bell pepper

  • Trim, peel, and small dice 1 carrot

  • Add the diced vegetables and 5tbsp of extra virgin olive oil to a skillet

  • Season with salt to taste

  • Small dice 1 stalk of celery, and add it to the skillet

  • Take the skillet to the stove, and cook over high heat until the onion become slightly translucent

  • Add ¾cup of water and cook the vegetables until the water evaporates

  • Add 1tbsp of sweet paprika and mix it

  • Add the bean and pork stew, and mix it

  • Season with salt to taste

  • Add 4 dried bay leaves and mix well

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C

  • Transfer the beans to a baking dish

  • Drizzle extra virgin olive oil to taste on top

  • Roast the beans for 10m until browned

  • Plate the beans in a serving dish

  • Drizzle melted goat butter to taste and top with roughly chopped parsley

  • The roasted beans & cured pork is ready. Enjoy!

Yield 4 portions

  • Jumbo White Beans

    Soaked Overnight Jumbo White Beans

    500g
  • Salt-Cured Pork

    Salt-Cured Pork

    200g
  • Onion

    Onion

    2
  • Red Bell Pepper

    Red Bell Pepper

    2
  • Carrot

    Carrot

    2
  • Celery

    Celery

    1 stalk
  • Garlic

    Garlic

    2 cloves
  • Sweet Paprika

    Sweet Paprika

    2tbsp
  • Dried Bay Leaf

    Dried Bay Leaf

    4
  • Parsley

    Roughly Chopped Parsley

    to taste
  • Goat Butter

    Melted Goat Butter

    to taste
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    9tbsp
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    to taste
  • Salt

    Salt

    to taste
  • Water

    Water

    3l
  • Water

    Water

    ¾ cup

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