Long ago I had Tuscan beans at a restaurant and I really liked them. On and off thru the yrs. I would search for recipes and end up never making them. Recently someone gave me several bags of dried beans so I figured I need to find some good bean recipes to use these up. I took a couple of recipes and bit of this and that and tweaked it to make it my own. I decided that I wanted to make a one pot meal sort of like a cassoulet.
I will say
this, all I found in my freezer right now was a center cut boneless pork
roast. I thought this would work good since it had a nice layer of fat
on it. While this turned out yummy, the pork is dry. Next time I will
use a fattier piece of pork. I say that because on this pork roast was a
few of the darker meat pieces and they were excellent, not dry. Also I
think Ill make the beans a bit soupier. I didn't add more water when I
put the spinach in and I think it would have been better with another
cup of that or stock.
After all tho it was an excellent experiment
and one Ill be making again. My bf says he would love these leftovers
in a tortilla. While I know its Italian, I agree with him. I also think
just the beans alone would be incredible to serve with other meals.
Tuscan Pork and Beans Makes about 4 servings.
2c. dried white beans
Half a head of garlic, peeled
Two nice sage branches
1/4c. extra virgin olive oil
1 (15oz.) can tomatoes with juice
2c. chicken broth
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all together in a large dutch oven and bring to a boil. Meanwhile.......
About 3lbs. of pork, either butt or country ribs as long as its got fat and marbling
Salt, pepper, garlic powder
1/2c. white wine
Sprinkle pork with S, P and
garlic powder and rub in all over. Heat a bit of oil in a pan and brown
pork well. Remove and put in pot with bean mix. Pour wine into pan that
had the pork in it to deglaze. Pour deglazing liquid into bean pot too.
When pot is boiling, put in
oven to bake. Stir occasionally till beans are done and liquid is
absorbed, about 2 1/2-3hrs. When beans are done add about a half of a
lb. bag of frozen spinach. You could add some fresh if you have it
around. It doesn't take much to cook it. Cook about another half hr.
may need to add more liquid to this as it cooks. My beans were done but
a bit al dente so if I had more time I would have done this.