In Tuscany for sure we eat a lot of beans cooked in many different ways, that’s why Tuscan people are known as “bean eaters” . One of the most peculiar and traditional way is Fagioli al Fiasco-Beans Cooked in a Flask .
The fiasco is the Tuscan green wine bottle used to keep the wine cool in summer .The peasant removed the straw from around the fiasco bottle and placed it in fireplace on hot ashy embers before going to bed and had freshly cooked beans in the morning.
- 300g dried “cannellini beans
- 5 leaves of sage
- 3 cloves of garlic
- A sprig of Rosemary
- 1/4 onion
- 3 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp. coarse salt
Soak the beans overnight in water with a pinch of salt .
Place the beans in a glass ’fiasco’ and add the Extra Virgin olive oil, sage ,onion, rosemary , cloves of garlic,and salt .Cover with water until the bottle is 3/4 full.
The bottle should be closed with a topper that allows some of the steam to filter out. Place the bottle on your gas stove top, using a metal grate under the bottle to prevent the direct flame from coming into contact with the bottle and thus breaking it.
The water should simmer, do not bring to a rolling boil.
Let cook ca.1 hour and a half. Serve the beans, adding some freshly-ground pepper and oil.
The bottle to be used:before people used the traditional Chianti wine bottles but nowadays in some shops you can find the glass beans flask, otherwise look for the Florentine Flask ( borosilicate glass) for 3000 ml.Together with the flask , get the proper topper(glass or cork) to allow some of the hot steam to escape to prevent the bottle from exploding.
The beans to be used :cannellini beans are the most traditional ones but you can use this bottle for every kind of beans you like.
Beans cooked in the fiasco are delicious and so much fun to see them simmering away on the stove .
Italian language:in Italy fiasco is a typical Tuscan bottle but it may mean also a complete failure ,like in other languages.It seems that this use of the word derives from the fact that years ago the public pull bottles against low-level comedians to express their disapproval.
Don’t worry the beans cooked in this way are not going to be a fiasco !!!