Cockles with Beans and Cherry Tomatoes in Garlic Broth

Cockles are some of the smallest bivalves, but they deliver an enormous amount of flavor. Just a few simple ingredients turn them into a rich, hearty stew.

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  • Servings: 4
KEY: Seafood

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried cranberry or borlotti beans (6 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 7 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 pound yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 pounds cockles, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped tarragon
  • Grilled bread, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large saucepan, cover the beans with 3 inches of water and bring to a boil. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, about 
45 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and shallots and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until fragrant and golden, about 3 minutes. Add the beans and tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in the wine and cook until almost evaporated, about 1 minute. Add the broth and cockles and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over low heat until the cockles open, about 3 minutes. Stir in the parsley and tarragon and serve with grilled bread.

Make Ahead

The cooked beans can be refrigerated for 2 days.

Suggested Pairing

Fresh and minerally Picpoul de Pinet, a white wine from France's Languedoc region, offers fantastic value, and it's great with seafood.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published August 2015





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