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Oct 30, 2008 05:08 AM

Fresh Cranberry beans

I bought some beautiful fresh beans at the farmer's market-- I need a good and simple (BASIC) recipe--also not sure of cooking times etc!

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  1. After you shell them, treat them like any fresh bean - cook about 15 minutes until tender. I like cooking them in broth with diced smoked pork chops; some people like them cooked in a sea-salt lemon- water with thyme, basil & marjoram.

    1. turkish barbunya beans

      2 cups cranberry beans
      2 big fresh tomatoes diced
      1 medium onion diced
      2 cloves of garlic, sliced
      1 potato diced
      1 carrot1 diced
      1/2 cup olive oil
      1 tsp sugar
      2 cups hot water
      1/2 bunch parsley, leaves coarsely chopped.
      salt and pepper

      saute onion and garlic in oil for a few minutes, add the tomato, salt and pepper, cook a few more minutes, add the remaining ingredents - cook over low heat for about an hour, checking and stirring and adding water if needed until beans are tender - garnish with parsley. You can eat this warm or room temp with some good crusty bread.

      1. I buy these often at the market as well. Simmer them until tender -- sometimes I thow in some fresh herbs. When tender, I take them off heat and add salt to the water and let them hang out in that for a bit. Then I drain the beans, make a simple mustard vinaigrette and toss them with that. Serve with anything...a sandwich, roasted meats, on top of green salad, whatever. Love this time of year.