White Beans and Sausage

This week’s Saturday Blog Showcase recipe is another recipe from  The New Portuguese Table cookbook by David Leite.
White Beans and Sausage (Feijao branco e chourico da minha familia)

I knew that this would be one of the first recipes I would try out of this book.  Moe loves beans of any kind, especially baked beans.  Okay, these weren’t exactly baked but they could have been.   I cooked them on top of the stove as per the recipe. 

The recipe called for Great Northern or Navy Beans, but I used my favourite White Cannellini beans.  The beans were soaked overnight  on Wednesday and put on to simmer early Thursday morning.  Dinner  was ready  before I left for work.  Just had to be reheated.  I used Chorizo for the sausage since Linguica and Chourico were not available.   The recipe called for water to simmer the beans in but I used chicken broth.

  Moe absolutely loved these beans. He not only had them for dinner, but he also had them with toast for breakfast.  And, as he was eating his dinner tonight, he told me how much he was looking forward to finishing off the beans tomorrow for either breakfast or lunch.   This from a man who very seldom eats leftovers.

Although the recipe for the White Beans and Sausage is not currently available on David’s Blog – Leite’s Culinaria  you will find many more wonderful recipes to try.

White Beans and Sausage
Source:  David Leite’s – The New Portuguese Table

1 pound dried navy,
small California white or great northern beans,

washed and sorted
1/2 pound bacon
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
Bay leaf
olive oil
3/4  pound Chourico, Linguica
or Dry-Cured Smoked Spanish Chorizo cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes, or more to taste
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
water ( I used chicken broth)
Freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons tomato paste (squeeze tube)
Fresh chopped flat leaf parsley

Heat a large pot over medium low heat.  Add the bacon and cook, stirring often, until the fat has rendered and the meaty bits are crisp, about 15 minutes.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels.

Bump up the heat to medium, add the chourico and sear until lightly browned, 7 to 10 minutes.  Transfer the chourico to paper towels.

Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of fat from the pot.  Or, if the pot is dry , drizzle in some oil.  Add the onions and bay leaf and cook, stirring frequently, until deeply golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes, adjust the heat as necessary to prevent the onions from burning.

Add the garlic and paprika and cook for 1 minute more.  Drain the beans and dump them into the pot, along with the chourico and red pepper flakes, and 3 1/2 cups of water (I used chicken broth).  Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and let burble gently.  Stiring occasionally, until the beans are tender.  Begin checking at 45 minutes, but it may take as long as 1 1/2 hours , depending on your beans’ add more water (chicken broth) if needed.

Fish out and toss the bay leaf.  Stir in the tomato paste and bacon and simmer for 10 minutes to thicken the cooking liquid.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let the beans sit uncovered for 10 minutes to absorb and excess liquid.

I hope you will join Lori (All That Splatters)  and I in our attempt to try a new recipe each week found on a fellow blogger’s website. 

To participate:

1.Make a recipe from a fellow blogger’s website and share the recipe on your blog with a link back to the blog where you found the recipe.

2.Add the Saturday Blog Showcase logo to your post.
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9 Comments Add yours

  1. P. says:

    This looks a bit like portuguese \”feijoada\”.Alfazema

  2. I grew up in an Italian home where beans and sausage were a staple- this looks delicious and I'm printing it outxoxo Pattie

  3. Linda says:

    Lovely…these looks wonderful!

  4. Erin says:

    This dish looks absolutely delicious! I think I would end up eating it for breakfast as well! (and lunch and dinner…)I spent some time in Brasil and we ate feijoada often. Just thinking abotu it brings back so many memories. Now I am off to the store to buy ingrediants to make this meal. Thanks!!!

  5. This looks like pure comfort food. I'd especially love a bowl of this when the winter winds are howling! Great photos, Ann –

  6. Anonymous says:

    Ann, that's a beautiful photograph. I think Moe has the right idea. This with toast sounds like a terrific breakfast.

  7. Annie says:

    I'm with Moe! I would love this for lunch, dinner and breakfast. Thanks for yet another recipe!

  8. Looks hearty and crowd pleasing. Beautiful photos, too!

  9. Country housewife! says:

    Making this right now and patiently waiting for the beans to get tender. Oh the aromas wafting through my flat! Really looking forward to digging into it soon! Thank you for the recipe!

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