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Flageolets with Fennel, Herbs and Olives

Flageolets with Fennel, Herbs and Olives

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. dried flageolets or cannellini beans,
      sorted, soaked overnight and rinsed
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, cut into thirds
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig plus 1 tsp. chopped thyme
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups diced fennel bulb, white part only
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup green olives, pitted and chopped
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

In an electric or stovetop pressure cooker, combine the beans, ginger, sugar, bay leaf, cinnamon stick and thyme sprig. Add water to cover by 1 inch. Cover the cooker and cook according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the fennel and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, stock, lemon juice, olives, chopped thyme, parsley and rosemary; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes.

Drain the beans and remove the ginger, bay leaf, cinnamon stick and thyme sprig. Toss the beans with the fennel mixture. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.
Serves 4 to 6.
Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.