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Aug 19, 2006 09:24 PM

what would you do with cannellini beans

I bought some beautiful dried cannellini beans from Rancho Gordo. They are huge and look great. I usually make mexican style beans so I'm at a bit of a loss about what to do with these. Any thoughts?


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  1. Cannellini beans + tuna make a classic & wonderful salad. Just mix with EVOO, lemon juice, herb of your choice, a bit of garlic, place on a bed of rugola and enjoy...this is infinitely expandable...just round up the usual suspects: celery, radishes, cucumbers, olives etc.

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    1. re: fauchon

      Cannellini beans + Italian tuna, (which I have to bring back from out of town, can't get ANY tuna in Olive Oil here)Red Onions and capers and EVOO is our new favorite thing. But, I can't get Cannellini beans here either, so well-rinsed great northerns work ok too!

    2. Even better if you use Italian canned tuna (tonno sott'olio) like As do Mar.

      1. I SO agree with fauchon and rootless...tuna is great with cannellini...but for a different twist, you might want to consider cheese tortellini soup with kielbasa, kale and cannellini...we've had this twice to raves from all, link below, and I always use low-fat kielbasa (oh, jeez, alright!)

        1. I think simmer them with ham hocks, basically treating them like other kinds of beans would be nice.

          I also like to use canned cannellini beans to make easy super fast bean dip. A few cloves of garlic, a squeeze of lemon, some parsley and the beans in the food processor makes for a cheap quick dip.

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          1. re: OnceUponABite

            I made something similar recently. I put in both lemon and white wine vinegar and I mashed them, and I put the resulting mash/puree on some bruscetta w/ some proscuitto. Sprinkle some minced red onion and parsley on top and you've got a tasty appetizer!

          2. Really good with broccoli rabe and sausage.