I am currently experimenting with re-jigging a new recipe that sounds as though it might be a little bland. It is another one on a packet of dried butter beans and is a butter bean and bacon bake.
Overnight you need to soak 12oz of dried beans in enough cold water to cover them (they will swell enormously and may rise above the water so cover them well). Next morning change the water and cook until done. It suggests boiling for 10 mins which I didn't do as I believe it is only dried red kidney beans you need to do that for, then cook for another 25 – 30 until beans are tender. Drain and return to the pan.
In a frying pan cook 10oz diced smoked bacon until beginning to turn brown, then add one whole diced leek (my addition). I think you could probably use an onion instead of a leek. Continue to cook, adding a little oil if necessary until the leek is soft and the bacon brown.
Add one can of chopped tomatoes - then one stock cube and lots of black pepper plus a teaspoon dried basil (my additions) - or parsley as the original recipe states. Stir this mix into the beans and put in the bottom of a dish.
The recipe is for 4 people so I have divided it above, between two enamel dishes as shown. The original recipe now suggests covering with breadcrumbs and splashing a little oil over the top.
However, I cooked 1lb 4oz of potatoes which were left to go cold then sliced and layered on the top.The potatoes were dotted with butter, salt and pepper and baked at 200 Celsius for 30 minutes.
We shared the one we baked and the other was put into the freezer for another day. It was quite nice and we both think we shall look forward to the other one where the flavour should be better still. As always with beans, there is the usual side effects which lasted the whole of the next day!