Butter Beans on Toast
Creamy and savoury butter beans topped by onion pickle and piled onto crunchy bread, this is beans on toast taken to another level.
Step to the side please, boring baked beans! This beans on toast dish is about to blow your traditional breakfast beans out of the water.
For perfect, silky beans, cook them in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot. Don’t have an instant pot? Check the FAQs for some bean cooking tips.
Hot tips for dried beans
Flavourings: Add various aromatics into the water with your beans to flavour them. Today we will simply use onion, garlic, and a bay leaf, but you can also add thyme, rosemary, or a little lemon zest. Get creative!
Bean Hack: Do not throw away that bean water! It’s full of goodness and flavour, and a great base for soups. Store your cooked beans in a clean jar, covered in their cooking liquid. They will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days, and in the freezer (store in plastic Tupperware, not glass) for up to 3 months.
Add a tablespoon of oil: This helps reduce foaming while the beans are cooking, which can sometimes clog up the pressure valve of the pressure cooker and interfere with cooking.
Timings: Age and bean variety can affect the cooking time for dried beans. If your beans come out a little al dente, simply set them to pressure cook for a few more minutes.
Liquid Level: If making a double or triple batch of dried beans, adjust the water so it covers the beans by a few centimetres. However, don’t fill the pot more than halfway full with liquid. This is an additional precaution against overflow due to foaming which occurs during cooking.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How can I make this without an Instant Pot?
It’s quite easy to cook the butter beans without an Instant Pot, but you will just need to soak them first. Simply pick out any irregular or shrivelled beans, stones or debris, then rinse the beans well in cold water to remove any sand or dust.
Place your rinsed beans into a large pot with enough cool water to cover them (about 8cm). Bring to a boil and boil for two minutes. Remove the beans from the heat, cover and allow to stand for up to two hours.
After soaking, drain and rinse the beans again, cover with more cool water, bring to a boil, then cook the beans at a gentle simmer until soft and creamy inside, stirring occasionally – about one hour.