Rosemary Butter Beans with Maple Roast Roots
by eat in my kitchen
I don’t know why but this winter I didn’t really get into the mood for cabbage. Give me beans, lentils, all kinds of legumes and I’m happy. And whenever I pulled roasted roots out of my oven I was almost ecstatic, but cabbage, unfortunately, left me a bit uninspired. This is quite unusual for me, I would sometimes cook it every week in big batches in the cold season, cauliflower, kale, red cabbage heads and savoy, my freezer was always full with leftovers from my various cabbage creations.
I believe that you should follow your taste, your gut feeling in life. Whatever your appetite calls for stands for something that your body needs at that moment, not only when it comes to food. Lets leave out the excessive consuming of chocolate and cakes, this doesn’t count in my train of thought, that’s more for the soul rather than for the body, which is as important. My appetite definitely calls for legumes and roots! There weren’t many cabbage recipes on eat in my kitchen this winter, just three, my Ginger Lemon Ricotta stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Savoy Cabbage with Coriander and Maltese Sausage and the Christmassy Roasted Red Cabbage with Orange Wedges. Roots, beans and lentils, that’s what I put into my pots and pans most of the time.
Today’s recipe combines both, velvety butter beans cooked with rosemary and caramelized mixed roots roasted in the oven in sticky maple syrup olive oil. The carrots, beetroot and Navet roots (yellow turnip) were still a bit crunchy and just as good when they were cold. This was our energising snack together with yesterday’s olive oil bundt cake while we remodeled the kitchen. This dish works as a warming meal or a rich salad, just prepare a bigger batch and enjoy it for days!
White Rosemary Beans and Maple Roast Roots
For 3-4 people you need
butter beans, soaked in lots of water overnight, 250g / 9 ounces
broth to cook the beans or 1 carrot, 1/4 celery root and 1/4 leek
fresh rosemary, a small bunch
Navet roots (yellow turnip), cut into wedges, 3 (0r 1 small rutabaga, peeled)
medium sized beetroots, peeled and cut into wedges, 2
carrots, peeled, cut in half (lengthwise), 10
cloves of garlic, in their skin, 6
olive oil 6 tablespoons
maple syrup 1 tablespoon
Balsamico vinegar 1 teaspoon
coarse sea salt and pepper
In a large pot, cook the beans in broth or in water with the carrot (cut in half), celery (peeled) and leek (cut in half) for about an hour, don’t add any salt. Add a sprig of rosemary for the last 15 minutes. When the beans are done take them out with a slotted ladle and mix them with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, Balsamico vinegar, salt and pepper. Season to taste.
Set the oven to 200°C / 390°F (I used the Rotitherm setting).
Whisk 5 tablespoons of olive oil with the maple syrup and pepper. Spread the roots in a large baking dish or on a tray and coat them with the maple oil, add a few sprigs of rosemary. Sprinkle the roots generously with coarse sea salt and roast in the oven for about 45 minutes or until golden brown and al dente, turn them every 15 minutes. Serve on top of the beans.