RECIPES : LA MOUNJETADE with Tarbais Beans (serves 4)


Picture : P. BOILLAUD

●-- Ingredients :

500 gr Label Rouge and IGP Tarbais Dried Beans, 250 gr pork rind, one salted pork hock and one salted pig’s trotter (pre-soaked to remove the salt), 1 bouquet garni consisting of parsley, celery, thyme and a bay leaf, onion, garlic and carrots, salt and pepper.

●-- Preparation :

Soak the Tarbais Beans in cold water for 12 hours.
Drain and place in a pan with plenty of cold water and a pinch of bicarbonate of soda. Blanch them, drain again and discard the water.
Line the cooking pot (preferably an earthenware casserole) with the pieces of pork rind, then add alternate layers of beans and meat.
Cover with cold water and begin cooking.
Prepare the stock with the fat (duck or pork, as preferred), onion, garlic, carrots and add to the beans when it comes to the boil. Also add the bouquet garni.
Slow-cook on a very low heat, topping up with cold water now and then.
Never stir the beans directly; just shake the pot.
At the end of the cooking time, gently stir in some garlic and mature bacon (minced and mixed together).
Cooking time will take from 2½ to 3 hours.
Adjust the seasoning before serving.

Coopérative du Haricot Tarbais - ZA Bastillac Nord - 65000 Tarbes - FRANCE
Tel : + 33 (0)562 347 676 - http://www.haricot-tarbais.com -