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cranberry beans recipe?

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I got some lovely cranberry beans at the farmers market - but am at a loss for a specific preperation. Any suggetions?

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  1. Simplicity if you ask me. Italian Two Easy has a great recipe that pairs cranberry (borlotti) beans with some parsley, chilli lemon juice. This goes as a great base for some scallops.

    I like them mixed into salads also. Another Italian prep is to puree them with some lemon juice, garlic and olive oil. This goes great with grilled veg.

    1. I serve mine, when the weather is cooler than it is right now, with Orchiette and spinach. Cook the beans in water or a light broth for about 25-30 minutes until tender, but still holding their shape. Cook and drain orchiette pasta, reserving some of the pasta water. In a skillet, saute some garlic slices in oil for a minute (add hot pepper flakes if desired) and some good Italian varietal red wine (Sangiovese or nebbiola -- or a pinot noir would work as well) and reduce by almost half. Add the pasta to the pan and stir, adding some reserved pasta water if needed. Add raw spinach, toss a couple of times to lightly wilt it, and then serve. Enjoy.

      1. this is a dish I learned in turkey - sautee a diced onion in a good amount of olive oil, when soft add a diced carrot and potato and maybe three diced and peeled tomatoes...cook maybe 10 minutes and then add the beans and add water til covered. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook until tender about an hour. This can be served warm or room temperature. Serve with some sliced crusty bread.

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        1. re: howchow

          oh, add water if needed while cooking.

        2. Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Since I had already cooked the beans the day before - I went with kind of a bean puree, it turned out excellent. I reheated the beans in the oven with a little olive oil and water. The pureed with more olive oil, lemon juice salt and pepper. Topped with bread crumbs and broiled for a toasty color. Delicious!