Sage & White Bean Crostini

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 5-6, Appetizer Portions


½ pound white beans, kidney, or navy
1 tablespoon lemon zest
3 cloves garlic
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
6 fresh sage leaves, chopped
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 large baguette, sliced


Clean the beans, making sure all debris is removed. Place beans in a large pot of power.
Bring beans to a boil, and boil for 5 straight minutes. Take off burner, and let sit uncovered for 1 hour. Drain water, and refill pot with water. Add lemon zest, and return to a boil. Turn to low heat, allowing to simmer on a gentle boil for about 40 minutes, adding warm water as needed to replace evaporating liquid, then salt water and cook 20 more minutes. When beans are tender, take off heat, and cool. Strain, and reserve ½ cup of the bean liquid. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Brush bread with olive oil, and toast in oven.

In a food processor, place cooked beans, garlic, olive oil, sage, lemon juice, and white pepper, and purée until smooth, using the bean liquid in order to loosen mixture if too thick.
Serve generously on the toasted baguette.

Paella Valenciana

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large Paella, Serves 8

Paella Valenciana is essentially the mother to all other forms of paella. Authentic Paella Valenciana is hard to find, but, when you do, you will find it to be as exquisite as paella gets. You can omit the snails in this recipe, but the paella will not be authentic. You can find the snails in cans at most specialty grocery stores.


20 snails
Coarse salt
Spanish olive oil
3-5 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, chopped
1 can (28 ounces) peeled whole tomatoes
1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
2 cups green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
3 cups water
3 cups Bomba rice (short grain white rice)
A few threads of saffron
2 cups white beans (lima), canned or cooked
Salt and pepper


Place the snails in a bowl, and sprinkle with coarse salt. Let rest for about 10 minutes. In a paella pan, heat the oil on a medium heat. Add garlic and onions, and sauté until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the chicken, and sauté until chicken is just about cooked through. Add tomatoes, making sure to crush them between your fingers so they break apart, and add paprika. Stir. Add green beans, fresh herbs, chicken broth, and water. Add rice and saffron. Bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper.

Once the paella is brought to a boil, reduce to low heat, and cook uncovered for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the beans and snails, and cook another 15 minutes, stirring gently every 5 minutes. Make sure the burner is on low heat and that the liquid is simmering gently. Once the rice is cooked, take off heat and cover. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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