Fasule, Grosh, Beans!

One of my favorite Albanian staple dishes is fasule also called grosh. It is not too complicated but it is delicious. It is the only Albanian dish that I make regularly at home but I soon home to add some Tav Kosi to the mix. Look forward to that!

Fasule can be as simple and as complicated as  you like. Most of the fasule that I am served is flavored with only onion, oil, and salt but when I make it at home I go  a little crazy. This most recent batch is nothing like traditional fasule because threw in some mixed vegetables and bacon. Albanian fasule never has mixed frozen vegetables because they are hard to find in Tirana and even harder outside but more importantly it doesn’t have slices of bacon mixed in there.

Bacon and vegetable fasule

Fasule is often served with bread, a salad, and some cheese along with a glass of wine or raki.

Fasule (Bean Soup)

2 cups of dry white beans
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped mint
salt, chili powder

Boil beans in hot water in an uncovered pot for 5 minutes. Rinse and boil for another 15 minutes in a covered stock pot in 3 cups hot water. Saute onion in olive oil until it turns yellow. Add 2 tablespoons bean stock from the pot along with tomato sauce, parsley, salt and chili powder for taste. Cook for 10 minutes or until a thick sauce is formed, then pour everything into the pot. Add chopped mint, cover tightly and cool for 2 hours over low heat, or for 30 minutes in a pressure cooker. This should produce a thick juice, covering beans by an inch. Serve hot.

Ju Befte Mire!


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