In the Channel Island of Guernsey where I used to live we have a famous traditional recipe that is one of the most delicious things you will ever taste, plus being very inexpensive to make. It is called a Guernsey Bean Jar and all you need are some basic ingredients and plenty of time to cook it, as the longer it cooks, the better it tastes.
Traditional Guernsey Bean Jar is a bit like a combination of a stew and a casserole, but with much better flavour.
Traditional Guernsey Bean Jar 1 pigs trotter or shin of beef
½lb (200g) Haricot or Navy beans
½lb (200g) butter beans
1 large onion chopped
2 carrots diced
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
2 pints beef stock or water
- Soak the beans overnight in water.
- Place all the ingredients in either an earthenware pot or a large casserole dish and pour over the water or stock.
- Cover the jar or dish and place it in a moderate oven at gas 2-3 or 150-170°C or 300-330 F for 6-8 hours.
- Check the dish occasionally and top up the water level as needed.
- Check the seasoning, remove the bones from the meat and the bay leaf.
- Serve with crusty bread and Guernsey butter or Southern Cornbread like I did
The vegetarian version is much the same but without the pig's trotter and using vegetable stock instead of beef.
Hope you try it ...let us know if you did and what you thought of it
Have a wonderful day