Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sole cooked with garlic; white beans with kale

We knew we wanted pan-fried petrale sole with garlic, and also that we had a head of kale that needed eating and a desire for white beans. Fortunately, we found the following recipe in Chez Panisse Vegetables:
Cannellini Beans and Wilted Greens

This makes an excellent side dish with roasted or grilled poultry, and it is also a fine sauce for a sturdy pasta, such as taccozette or penne. When the beans are tender, roughly mach about half of them, to thicken the sauce, and then stir in the cooked pasta. Add a little more bean liquid if the mixture is too thick.
  • 2 cups dried cannellini beans
  • Bouquet garni: celery, thyme, parsley, bay leaf
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 6 cups water or chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large bunch chard, kale, spinach, mustard greens, or turnip greens (about 1 pound)
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary leaves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
Soak the beans overnight. The next day drain them and put them into a heavy-bottomed pot with the bouquet garni. Add the onion and carrot, peeled. Cover with water or stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, skimming off any foam that forms on the surface. Cook the beans until very tender, from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the age of the beans and how long they were soaked. Salt the beans generously once they start to soften. When fully cooked, remove from the heat.

While the beans are cooking, wash, trim, and chop the greens.

Finely chop the garlic cloves and gently sauté them in the olive oil with the rosemary, about 1 minute. Add the beans and about 1 cup of their cooking liquid, and simmer about 5 minutes, until some of the beans have crumbled apart. Add the greens to the beans, and stew together, uncovered, until the greens are wilted and tender. Add more of the bean liquid, if needed, to keep the vegetables moist and a little soupy. Taste for seasoning and grind in some pepper. Serve with extra-virgin olive oil drizzled over the surface.

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