Friday, April 1, 2011

A-Z Challenge Recipes "B"

Bean Stew- Tuscan:

1 lb. dried cannellini beans (about 2 cups) rinsed and picked over. 1 Tbl extra virgin olive oil plus extra for drizzling 1/2 lb. bacon cut into 1/4 inch pieces 1 large onion, chopped medium (about 1 1/2 cups) 2 medium celery ribs cut into 1/2 inch pieces (about 3/4 cup) 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (about 1 cup) 8 medium garlic cloves, peeled & crushed 4 cups low sodium chicken broth 3 cups water 2 bay leaves 1 bunch of kale or collard greens (about 1 pound) stems trimmed & leave chopped into 1 inch pieces (about 8 cups loosely packed) 1 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes, drained & rinsed 1 sprig of fresh rosemary Ground black pepper Salt 8 Slices of country white bread each 1 1/4 inch thick, broiled until golden brown on both sides and rubbed with garlic clove

The night before: Soak the beans overnight in 4 qts of water with 3 Tbl salt. Drain

and rinse well.

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position & heat oven to 250 degrees. Heat oil &

bacon in a large dutch oven over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally,

until bacon is lightly browned and fat has rendered, 6 to 10 minutes. Add onion

celery & carrots. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened and

lightly browned, 10 to 16 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about

1 minute. Stir in broth, water, bay leaves & soaked beans. Increase heat to high

and bring to simmer. Cover pot, transfer to over, cook until beans are almost

tender (very center of beans will still be firm), 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Remove pot from oven and stir in greens and tomatoes. Return pot to oven and

continue to cook until beans & greens are fully tender, 30 to 40 minutes longer.

Remove pot from oven & submerge rosemary sprig in stew. Cover & let stand 15

minutes. Discard bay leave & rosemary sprig & season stew with salt & pepper

to taste. If desired use back of spoon to press some beans against the side of pot

to thicken stew. Serve over toasted bread if desired, and drizzle with olive oil.

Taken from Cooks Illustrated "All-Time Best Recipes" and slightly tweaked.

Barbequed Ribs: 5 to 6 lbs. pork ribs 1 qt. apple cider vinegar 2 Tbl crushed red pepper Salt Ground black pepper 1 Turkey size oven bag

Season the ribs with salt & ground black pepper. Place into the oven bag on a large

roasting tray. Sprinkle crushed red pepper over the ribs and carefully pour the qt.

of vinegar into the bag controling the open end so it doesn't spill out. Twist the

open end of the bag tightly and fasten with a tie. Make a small vent hole in the top

of the bag and place on the middle rack of a preheated oven at 300 degrees. Set

the timer for 4 hours and do not open the oven door until time is completed.

Bones will simply lift out of meat it will be so tender. Will become an instant

family favorite.


  1. These both sound like they taste amazing! Thanks so much for the recipes!

  2. Im telling you with your recipes I may just have to learn to like cooking. Yummy!
    I love to eat but cooking not so much.

  3. Beans are an excellent source of protein and I love all varieties, Odie. Have a super Saturday and Sunday, good buddy!

  4. You're coming up with some tasty recipes for us on this challenge, Odie. Enjoy your weekend dear friend.

  5. Great idea for the alphabet, Odie. You actually made me hungry! Looks good.

  6. Yuuuummmmm!
    I was showing my mom around my blogging world and a few of the sites I follow that are doing the A-Z Challenge - you've got us hooked with the BBQ ribs - we're both salivating all over the place - and it's too late for me to make a run out to the grocery store and get the necessary ingredients.

    But tomorrow is another day...
    Can't wait to see what's coming.

  7. Yummy ribs! Very inspiring for the next weekend dish! Thanks!