Fasole Batuta translates into Mashed Beans. The Romanian name for this dish sounds better to me so I use that name instead.
Dried beans taste better, and they are healthier than canned, so following this method will give you a better meal. The beans cook with more ease if you soak them in a big bowl overnight prior to cooking. Wash the beans after soaking them so that you are cooking clean beans.
Boil the beans in a large pot ( like the one pictured below) till they are completely soft. This should take approximately 1.5 hours if you soaked them the night before. Add the seasoning in at the beginning of the boiling process. I use the following ingredients:
- 2 beef flavored Knor cubes
- 4 cloves of minced garlic (use a garlic mincer = man’s best kitchen invention!)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 table spoon of salt
Right before the beans are done saute 2 medium-sized onions in olive oil and a little salt for taste. When the onions are soft, add 2 table spoons of paprika, and stir continuously so that the paprika doesn’t burn.
Once the beans are completely soft mash them with a potato masher, then blend them with a bender, till they are smooth like mashed potatoes.
In a bowl of your choice place half of the beans in the bottom, followed by a thin layer of (half of) the onions with paprika and olive oil, then add the other half of the beans followed by the remaining onion mixture on top. For decoration purposes top with parsley or dill.
I hope that you enjoy this recipe. I would enjoy hearing what you think so please leave a comment below.