Over the past few weeks we have had the pleasure of some of our friends sharing their home cooking with us. A couple of weeks ago Dan came home with a stew like dish that Ilya’s wife, Fatie, made the night before. We really enjoyed it so the next weekend when we were with them in Berat we got the recipe from Fatie. Ilya also provided the beans, or fasule as they are called, right from his garden.
2 cups Fasule (dry white beans), 1 onion chopped, 2 carrots chopped, 1 Tbsp Olive Oil, 2 tomatoes chopped, Salt & Pepper to taste
Boil fasule in water for 10 mins then discard the water(this boils off the bitter bean coating). Add the beans to a second pot of boiling water. Add onion, carrots, olive oil, tomatoes and boil on low for 2-2.5 hours or until beans are soft. Stir and add water as needed. You can also add chopped meat to this dish(they had lamb). Add a touch of salt & pepper and serve.
We enjoyed our first attempt at this Fasule dish but I have to admit Fatie’s was better. Hers was thicker, more like a stew, and had a lot more flavour, likely coming from the lamb. We are planning on trying this one again.