Little did I know that the beans would arrive with a challenge.
Seven bloggers (myself included) had been selected to come up with an innovative and creative recipe and post it by the end of June.
I’m not usually a competitive person..but this challenge intrugued me. It was not going to be easy. I had to be creative with beans; varieties I’d never even heard of; by the end June. YIKES!
So I started by doing a little research. My sample package of beans included:
Flageolet Beans: an immature kidney type bean with a versatile flavor.
Marrow Beans: egg shaped white beans with a bacon like flavor.
Once I got to know the products I spent some time thinking of unique things to do with them. This is when the challenge really began for me. They’re beans after all…how much can you really do with beans? Well I think you might be surprised. I came up with three somewhat uniquely creative recipes that I thought were all pretty darn good.
Recipe #3 Italian Tuna and Beans over Boston Lettuce
There’s something about the mixture of white beans and tuna that I really love. So I couldn’t resist trying it with my heirloom beans. It turned out delicious. I used the marrow beans and mixed them with the tuna. I added some chopped plums; placed it on top of torn leaves of Boston lettuce and drizzled the entire thing with lemon juice/rind and some good quality olive oil. The beans were fabulous like this. The light dressing really let their taste shine through.
Three bean recipes down and still a few days left until the end of June. Thanks Marxfoods for this awesome challenge.