White beans are a fantastic ingredient that are a great source of protein and fiber, and they are a staple in any vegetarian/vegan diet! While we're not vegetarian or vegan, we personally love white beans.
The texture and heartiness they bring to any dish is simply amazing. They can be added to salads, soups, pies, you name it!
One of my favorite pairings are white beans and pork. Add some fresh thyme, spices, Worcestershire sauce and you will be all set. This meaty side is perfect for a cold winter day where you need something to keep you full and warm.
To reinforce the pork flavor and make an automatic pairing, we like to put some ground pork, pork sausage, bacon, or country ham in with the beans. You could also use a smoked ham hock and toss in the pulled meat with the beans after it becomes tender. While the actual ingredient list may seem long, keep in mind that a lot of these are spices. For this recipe you'll need the following:
We always soak our beans overnight in at least 3 times the amount of water as the amount of beans. We recommend at least one hour of soaking. If you soak overnight, the cooking time of the beans will reduce from around two hours to close to one to one and a half hours. Just make sure you discard the water because all those gasses and sugars that are difficult for your body to digest will now be trapped in it.
We hope you enjoy this deliciously comforting stewed pork and white beans dish!
Cheers and eat well!
These hearty pork and white beans are the perfect side dish for a cool, winter day!
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