So! I bought a can of butter beans, because they looked nice. I decided to fry them up in olive oil with some herbs, and then mix them with tomatoes at the end. So they’d stay somewhat firm – almost crispy on the edges. And I made a sort of pilaf with farro, carrots and peas to go with them. I seasoned the farro with a pre-mixed red zatar, but if you don’t have such a thing, any combination of sesame seeds, fennel seeds, sumac, cumin or coriander would work. Or just some thyme and oregano. Actually, you can’t go wrong with any sort of seasoning that you like! We ate these all together with some little boiled potatoes tossed in butter, and it was all very good together. Lovely flavors and textures. And I am now a big fan of butter beans! We had quite a bit of everything leftover the next day, so I mushed it all together to make burgers, which I fried up in a pan, topped with a slice of cheese, and ate on a bun. Yum.
Here’s Yo La Tengo, with The Point of It
And here’s a wonderful scene from Home Movies explaining the importance of points.
1 t olive oil
1 shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 t dried thyme
1 t dried oregano
1 large carrot, peeled and cut in 1/3 inch dice
1/2 cup petit peas (frozen is fine)
1 cup farro
1 heaping t red zatar blend (or large pinch each sumac, sesame seeds, fennel seeds, coriander powder and cumin powder)
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 t salt
lots of black pepper
1 T butter
1 t balsamic
2 T olive oil
1 can butter beans, rinsed and drained
a few sprigs dried thyme
1 t rosemary, chopped
2 medium-sized tomatoes, roughly chopped
salt and pepper
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm 1 T olive oil. Add the shallot, garlic and bay leaves, and cook for about a minute, until the garlic starts to brown. Add the thyme and oregano. If you’re not using a pre-blended zatar, add your sesame seeds and fennel seeds now. Stir and fry for a minute. Add the carrots. Stir and fry for a few minutes, then add the peas and the farro. Stir and fry for three or four minutes, until everything is toasty and sizzling. Add the water, stir well. Bring to a boil. Turn heat to low, cover the pan, and let simmer for about 15-20 minutes, until the water is gone and the grains are tender. Turn off the heat, and let the pot sit on the burner for another ten minutes or so. Stir in the salt, pepper, butter and balsamic.
Meanwhile… in a large skillet warm 2 T olive oil. Add the drained butter beans and the thyme and rosemary. Cook, stirring frequently, until the beans are crusty and crispy on the outside and hot through, maybe 8 – 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook for maybe another minute, just till they slightly soften. Season well with salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.