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Recipes — Medium Beans

Nut-Dusted Beans and Sauteed Greens in Bean Broth

Medium Beans Vegetarian

Nut-Dusted Beans and Sauteed Greens in Bean Broth

A big bowl of sauteed greens and heirloom beans always makes me happy. One lazy Sunday l used Italian green chard and King City Pinks, and something possessed me to add a handful of dust from the bottom of a bowl of mixed nuts. It was terrific. Who knew? —Steve 1 bunch chard ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil ½ of a white onion, diced 2 large garlic cloves, smashed 1 jalapeño chile, minced 2 cups cooked Rancho Gordo King City Pink Beans, with about 2 cups cooking liquid (add broth or water if needed to make up the difference) Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Handful of finely chopped nuts (I used...

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Classic New England Baked Beans

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Classic New England Baked Beans

When your friends know you are a certified Bean Freak, they often ask you to bring this or that bean dish to the barbecue or potluck. If you've been tasked with baked beans, we've got you covered! We tried this classic recipe with our Yellow Eyes and Alubia Blancas. The staff agreed that the Yellow Eyes provided a richer, beanier flavor, and held their shape better. But both versions were well received. 1 pound uncooked Rancho Gordo heirloom beans Yellow Eye, Alubia Blanca or Snowcap beans, picked over and rinsed 1 1/2 yellow onions, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 bay leaf 1/2 pound...

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Buckeye Beans with Roasted Peppers & Pumpkin Seeds

Medium Beans Vegetarian

Buckeye Beans with Roasted Peppers & Pumpkin Seeds

After some noodling around in the kitchen, we came up with this dish featuring our fabulous Buckeye Beans (aka Yellow Indian Woman). Is it a stew? It's not a soup. It's just an incredible bowl of beans packed with flavor. The secret is to cook the beans simply and then top them with the pepper mixture. I'd call it a sofrito but I don't know if anyone else would. Add as little or as much of the pepper mixture as you like and if you have leftovers, scramble it with eggs. We'd serve this with lots of good corn tortillas. Roasting...

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Yellow Eye and Fennel Casserole

Medium Beans Sides Vegetarian

Yellow Eye and Fennel Casserole

We appreciate fennel most when it's raw and thinly sliced or slowly braised and caramelized. It's an amazing vegetable and our own Creative Director here at Rancho Gordo, Rachel Padilla, took a fine but somewhat stodgy recipe that Steve blogged about and made it her own. This is Rachel's new overhauled version and we all thought it was superior when we had it for lunch in our office here at Rancho Gordo. You could substitute any medium or light bean for the Yellow Eyes but they're so delicious, we would use them without a doubt. 2 large fennel bulbs, trimmed ​...

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Polenta with Cranberry Beans and Tomato Sauce

Main Dishes Medium Beans Polenta Vegetarian

Polenta with Cranberry Beans and Tomato Sauce

In the Rancho Gordo library, we have a well-used copy of the book Fagioli: The Bean Cuisine of Italy (Rodale, 2014) by Judith Barrett, and this recipe is inspired by the book. When we tested it in the Rancho Gordo kitchen, it was a big hit. As we licked our bowls clean, we all agreed that it was a polenta dish with beans, not a bean dish with polenta, if that makes sense.  1/4 cup olive oil 1 large or 2 small red onions, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped 2 cups canned chopped tomatoes, with their juices 1 tablespoon...

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Classic Pasta e Fagioli

Main Dishes Medium Beans

Classic Pasta e Fagioli

 

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Classic Smoked Ham Hock and Beans

Main Dishes Medium Beans

Classic Smoked Ham Hock and Beans

A friend’s daughter is involved with 4H and I offered to buy half of one of her pigs. I was not happy when I was told the head, ears and tail weren’t available but otherwise it’s been an interesting project. I always prefer my beans with just aromatics and vegetables but we know from a lot of customers that they love to cook beans with a ham hock. Maybe I’m nuts but I never do this. I was talking about it with Georgeanne Brennan one day and she told me she boils the ham hock with just a bay leaf...

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Buckeye Beans with Pickled Shallots and Goat Cheese

Main Dishes Medium Beans Vegetarian

Buckeye Beans with Pickled Shallots and Goat Cheese

I hadn’t cooked Buckeye (aka Yellow Indian Woman) beans for quite awhile. They’re small and dense but somehow creamy at the same time. I think they’d be great in a chili but as usual, a simple bowl with little garnish is my preferred way to enjoy them. Macerated shallots are my current obsession: a sweet little bite that adds acid, texture and flavor. It’s not as harsh as a plain onion would be. For this meal, the Buckeye (Yellow Indian Woman) beans met with the shallots and a few crumbles of goat cheese. As the whole mess settles and melts you...

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Buckeye Bean and Wild Rice Salad

Medium Beans Salads Vegetarian

Buckeye Bean and Wild Rice Salad

This is a flexible salad recipe featuring some of our favorite summer ingredients. Adjust the ingredient amounts based on your preferences and how many people you are serving.  Ingredients: Cooked cactus paddles (nopales), see below Radishes, very thinly sliced Corn off the cob Rancho Gordo Buckeye (also known as Yellow Indian Woman) beans or Santa Maria Pinquitos, cooked Oven-Roasted Tomatoes, chopped (see below) Rancho Gordo Wild Rice, cooked Banana Vinegar or white wine vinegar Extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper Combine all ingredients to taste in a salad bowl. Oven-Roasted Tomatoes The best tomatoes are “in season.” If...

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Carrot and Mayocoba Soup

Medium Beans Soups

Carrot and Mayocoba Soup

  As always, some of the best dishes come from trying to use up leftovers. I’ve been on a carrot kick. I like them. I want to love them, but they tend to go bad before I can finish them. I was determined not to let that happen this time! Ingredients ¼ pound pancetta, cubed 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus about a spoonful to garnish 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 1 sprig fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme) 2 bunches of carrots (approx 1.5 to 2 pounds), peeled and chopped 3 cups chicken or...

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Trevor Kunk’s Heirloom Bean Dip

Appetizers Medium Beans

Trevor Kunk’s Heirloom Bean Dip

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Shrimp and Bean Soup

Medium Beans Soups

Shrimp and Bean Soup

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