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Beans with Sausages in the Oven

Updated: Feb 18

  • This dish is known as traditional in Serbia and Macedonia, it is called "Gravče na Tavče". Beans are very tasty in this way, the taste that is even more spicy gives them vegetables that are seasoned with spray. It is important to soak the beans in water overnight before you start preparing this food. Cooking this dish and preparation takes about 2 hours, but it is worth doing. I recommend that you make it obligatory, the easiest way to start this preparation is in the morning. So there is no fear that the beans will be ready for lunch. In principle, it is made spicy, but it is not obligatory, if your health does not allow you, you can freely bypass this ingredient. Follow recipe.

Ingredients: baking dish: 35×25 cm, 25×25 cm, easy-medium, total time: 2h 30 min.
  • 500 g white beans

  • 1 tsp dry spice/Vegeta

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp cumin

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • water 2 fingers above the beans

Bean Powder:

  • 100 ml of oil

  • 4 large onions, finely chopped

  • 1 fresh red pepper, diced

  • 150 g bacon, diced

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 2 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley

  • 1 and 1/2 Tbsp tomato concentrate mixed with a 200 ml of water

  • 150 ml tomato juice

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 tsp thyme

  • 2 teaspoons sweet ground pepper

  • 1/2 flat teaspoon ground hot pepper / optional /if you can't use, put 3 teaspoons sweet ground pepper

and other on a top

  • 1Tbsp flour mixed with 70 ml water

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 fresh hot green pepper, whole

  • 6 sausages thin spicy, maybe ordinary, or Carniolan sausage

  • 4-5 cherry tomatoes cut in half

Preparation:
  1. The day before cooking, soak the beans in cold water 3 fingers above the beans and leave to swell overnight.

  2. In the morning, change the water, wash the beans, put them in the middle pot to cook for 30 minutes to boil. Drain that water. Pour 2 tablespoons of oil into the deep pot, add the strained beans, pour new boiling water 2 fingers above. Add pepper, salt, dry spice/Vegeta, cumin and baking soda mix well, cook the beans again, until the beans soften. Remove the foam from the beans, wait for it to get soften. As soon as beans are softened, put out the fire. Make sure the beans stay whole, so they don't fall apart. Don't throw that water away.

  3. Put the cooked beans on the side together with the remaining water. Most of the water has evaporated!

Bean Spray:

  1. Finely chop garlic cloves, and onions. Cut the paprika and bacon into smaller cubes. Finely chop the parsley.

  2. Pour oil into a deeper pan, wait for it to heat up, add diced bacon and fry until get a color. Take them out of the pot. Add chopped onions, 1 tsp of dry spice / Vegeta, 1 tsp of salt, little of water, stir, cover the pan. Cook about 5 min.

  3. Stir the onions in the pan from time to time. When the onions have softened, add the diced fresh paprika, fry them about 5–7 minutes. Then add finely chopped garlic cloves stir, let it simmer for 1–2 minutes. Then add the concentrate, red sweet pepper, thyme, hot ground pepper, finely chopped parsley leaf, salt, pepper, tomato juice, stir well. Then add a little water as needed, stir. Cook for another10 minutes, then turn off the heat. Blend this mixture well. Return the fried bacon to the spray. Set aside.

  4. Take a deeper square baking tray 35×25 cm or 25×25 cm. Even better if you have a terracotta baking dish.

  5. Put the remaining beans with his water in the baking tray. Mix flour with a little water, without lumps, add to the beans, add the spray, mix all the ingredients lightly with a spoon. When pouring, liquids must be enough. If liquids are missing, add a little water, mix well.

  6. On the top put the green pepper, 6 pieces of thin sausages and bay leaves. Put the cherry tomatoes that you cut in half on top, arrange as you wish, lightly press the mixture with a spoon.

  7. Bake in a preheated oven on 200 °C for about 20 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 180 °C, bake for another 25–30 minutes. The spray liquid must be a little thicker. The beans are ready when have swelled and become soft.

  8. Remove and serve warm dish. Buon appetito!

NOTE: If you use white beans from a can, don't throw away the liquid, those beans are already cooked, so you will have less time around cooking!

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