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Cotechino and Braised Beans

Cotechino and Braised Beans

  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    1 h 20 m
  • Ready In

    9 h 35 m
Chef John

Chef John

Cotechino is a large, Italian pork sausage traditionally served to celebrate the New Year. Its thick casing is pierced all over with a knife, then gently braised in a pot of lentils until done. After the sausage is cooked, it's sliced into round coins, which are then fried crisp in a pan, and used to garnish the lentils.

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  • Calories:
  • 507 kcal
  • 25%
  • Fat:
  • 20.2 g
  • 31%
  • Carbs:
  • 53.6g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 29.2 g
  • 58%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 33 mg
  • 11%
  • Sodium:
  • 1423 mg
  • 57%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Place cranberry beans into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 8 hours to overnight.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Stir in onion. Cook, stirring, until onions are softened and translucent, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in cranberry beans, chicken broth, water, Italian seasoning, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, rosemary, and thyme.
  3. Pierce Cotechino all over with the tip of a knife, then place in broth and beans mixture. Bring to a simmer, skimming any foam that accumulates. Reduce heat to low; cook until beans are tender, 1 hour. Transfer Cotechino to a cutting board; discard string and casing, then slice into 1/4-inch rounds.
  4. Stir Swiss chard into bean and broth mixture. Simmer until chard is wilted, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook the Cotechino rounds until crisped and browned, about 1 minute per side. Ladle beans into bowls and top with Cotechino rounds.
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gigithefoodie
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gigithefoodie

1/4/2013

Thank you Chef John. I was looking for something different to do with my black eye peas on New Years day and found this recipe. I added 1/2 package of 15 bean soup and the rest of the black eye peas. It was delicious. It was a hit.. who knew! Thanks again. Oh, I found the cotechino at a little gourmet spice in Oklahoma City. It was wrapped the same way.

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