Brittany Style Haricot Beans (Haricots Aux Tomates) Recipe
Brittany Style Haricot Beans (Haricots Aux Tomates) Recipes
225g (8 oz) dried haricot beans
2 onions, skinned
1 bouquet garni
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 rasher streaky bacon, rinded and chopped
salt and freshly milled black pepper
25g (1 oz) butter
15ml (1 tbsp) tomato puree
15ml (1 tbsp) chopped fresh parsley
Put the beans
in a large saucepan. Cover the beans with plenty of cold water and leave
them to soak overnight. Drain the beans and cover with fresh cold water.
Stick the cloves in one of the onions, then add it to the pan with the
bouquet garni, garlic, bacon and seasoning.
Bring to the
boil, cover and simmer gently for 75-90 minutes or until the beans are
tender. Drain, reserving 300ml (1/2 pint) of the cooking liquid. Discard
the onion and bouquet garni. Rinse out the saucepan.
the remaining onion. Melt the butter in the pan. Add the chopped onion
and cook it gently for aobut 5 minutes, then stir in the tomato puree
and reserved cooking liquid.
Bring to the
boil, cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Add the drained baeans and
simmer for a further 10 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning, then
sprinkle the parsley over the beans and serve.