Hearth vegetable plate with white beans and salsa verde

  • Main
  • easy
  • 4
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, plus overnight soaking time

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First published in 2022
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Ingredients

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Coco beans

Grilled vegetables

Salsa verde

Chickpea purée

Confit garlic

Garnish

1

Cover the dried coco beans with water, and leave to soak overnight

  • 600g of dried coco bean
2

The next day, light a barbecue for direct cooking

3

Bring the vegetable stock to the boil and poach the onions for 10-15 minutes, until soft 

4

Remove the onions from the grill, rub lightly with olive oil and cook until caramelised - around 10 minutes 

5

Cut the courgettes in half lengthways, then widthways. Season with salt and drizzle with olive oil, then place onto the hot grill and cook, turning regularly so that they cook evenly, until soft

6

Quarter the aubergine, season with salt and drizzle with olive oil, then place on the hot grill, turning evenly and cooking until soft

7

Top and tail the fennel bulbs, and cut into sixths. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the skillet, then fry the fennel until coloured on all sides

  • 2 fennel
  • olive oil, for cooking
8

Add a splash of water to the pan, and cook until the fennel softens (approximately 10-15 mins)

9

Drain the beans and place in a pan, then cover with fresh water. Add the roughly chopped onion, carrot and leek, bay leaf, thyme and kombu

10

Bring to the boil, then simmer until cooked - approximately 40 minutes

11

To make the puree, boil the chickpeas in a pan of water with the bay leaves and thyme until soft - approximately 30 minutes

12

Make the confit garlic by placing the garlic cloves into a saucepan and covering with olive oil. Add the thyme and bay leaves and cook very gently on the lowest heat possible for 30 minutes, or until soft. Once the confit garlic has cooled it can be stored in the fridge in its oil 

13

Drain the coco beans, then season well with salt and a drizzle of olive oil

14

To make the salsa verde, combine the parsley, chervil, tarragon and coriander in a blender with the capers, garlic, a good splash of olive oil, lemon juice and some salt. Blend to a paste (make it as chunky or as smooth as you prefer). Once blended, add more lemon juice, olive oil or salt to taste 

15

Drain the chickpeas, reserving 2 tablespoons of the cooking water and discarding the bay leaves

16

In a blender, purée the beans to a soft cream with the reserved cooking liquid and the olive oil, then squeeze in the lemon juice, 2 cloves of confit garlic and salt to taste

17

To finish the dish, divide the vegetables, beans and puree between 4 plates and add as much salsa verde as you like (at least 2 tablespoons). Sprinkle with a pinch of pul biber to finish

First published in 2022
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