This is truly a Romanian recipe. More romanian than this you can’t find i think. One i always eat with pleasure but at the same time one that I never manage to cook as well as my mum or grandmother. I guess is the amount of pork that always confuses me.
Today however I am sharing with you my mum recipe. And believe it’s and worth making.
- smoked pork ham – if you can buy it still on the bone it’s great;
- 500 g white beans, washed well to get rid of all impurities;
- 1 carrot;
- 1 parsley root;
- 1 bay leaf;
- 2 onions finely chopped;
- 2 tbsp of tomato paste;
- 50 ml of vegetable oil;
- salt to taste;
- thyme – optional;
- Put the white beans to soak in water for 10 to 15 hours. Overnight is good.
- Drain and wash the beans with some more water.
- Put the beans in a large pan and cover with water.
- Give it a boil.
- Drain and throw the water. By doing so you ensure that the beans are a lot easier to digest.
- Wash them again with warm water.
- Put the beans back in the pan and add the ham in too.
- Cover it with 3-4 litters of boiling water(from the kettle is good).
- Add the carrots, parsley and bay leaf.
- Simmer the beans over low heat until it is cooked well. It can take up to 2 hours in a normal pan,
- Add the tomato paste, salt and thyme to taste.
- Leave it to boil.
- While it is boiling fry the finely chopped onion in oil.Make sure that it doesn’t burn. It needs to become softer but not golden.
- Put it over the beans and simmer for 1 more minute.
- Turn off the hob and leave it to sit for 10 more minutes or so with the lid on.
- Ready to serve with freshly cut onion or/and with pickled peppers and cucumber. You might also need some fresh baked bread.