Warm White Bean Salad with Smoked Trout

Warm White Bean Salad with Smoked Trout Recipe
Photo: Raymond Hom
Dried beans are one of the best things to prepare in a pressure cooker: After a 30-minute quick-soak, the beans become creamy in just seven minutes.


Total time: 40 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Active: 15 Minutes
Total: 40 Minutes


1/2 pound Great Northern or other small dried white beans, sorted and rinsed
2 ounces (thick slices) pancetta or bacon, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (large) carrot, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 teaspoon rosemary, finely chopped
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
Freshly ground black pepper
5 ounces skinless smoked trout or 1 jar imported Italian tuna in olive oil, flesh flaked (Smoked trout); drained and flaked (Italian tuna)
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped


To quick-soak the beans, put them in the pressure cooker and cover with 3 inches of water. Cover and bring to high pressure. Turn off the heat and let the pressure release naturally, about 5 minutes. Uncover and let cool, about 20 minutes.

Drain and rinse the beans. Return them to the pressure cooker. Add the pancetta, garlic, carrot, rosemary and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover and close the pressure cooker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Cook over very low heat, maintaining high pressure for 7 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally, then uncover and drain the beans.

Transfer the beans to a large, wide bowl or deep platter. Add the lemon juice and remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the trout on top, sprinkle with the parsley and serve right away or at room temperature.

Grace Parisi,

Food & Wine

October 2012
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