one of the most popular romanian traditional dishes is beans with sausages. served on 1st of december, the romania national day, this food has become symbolic as a typical romanian dish.
this recipe proposes a more ingenious way to prepare beans for december 1st: 2 types of beans (white and colorful), many vegetables and extra flavor given by the smoked bacon and sausages, that will boil in the end with the beans and they will have a very inviting aroma.
for the beans, start the preparation on the night before: wash well each type of beans, put them in two pots with cold water and leave them overnight to swell. do not mix the beans, because each type has different boiling time, so it's better to boil separately.
the next day, throw the water in which you put the beans, pour water again and let it boil for 15 minutes.
then throw the boiling water, and put again boiled water over beans, add a teaspoon of bicarbonate (in each pot) and let simmer uncovered over low heat until beans are soft, but full.
meanwhile, take care of vegetables and smoked meat (you can just add vegetables if you want to cook it for lent).
prepare 2 peppers, one onion, a carrot, a celery stem (or a small celery root).
wash the vegetables well, clean and chop them. cut the bacon strips, and slice the sausage.
stew the vegetables in a little oil. first put the onions and the legumes.
then add pepper.
when glassy, add a large cup of tomato juice and a tablespoon of broth.
mix well and let it boil on low heat.
meanwhile, drain the excess water from the beans; mix the two varieties in one pot, leaving water that boiled just enough to cover the beans.
pour the beans over vegetables.
stir and let boil over medium to low heat. season moderately with salt, pepper and other spices (it goes well also with dried thyme, oregano).
stew the sausage and bacon.
after the beans with vegetables have boiled for about 10 minutes and have boiled down a little, add the meat. if you have chopped celery leaves, now it's time to add them on.
let it boil also with the meat for 10-15 minutes, so the flavors will combine. when ready, it's pretty well boiled down, and the sauce is thick. you can add finely chopped dill or parsley, after switching off the fire.