Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Rosemary White Beans and Sautéed Swiss Chard

The white beans in this dish take on the flavors of the chile and fresh herbs. The rosemary brings beautiful aromatics to this versatile dish that can be easily scaled to an entrée or appetizer portion. Grilling the shrimp on the rosemary skewers enhances the herb’s flavor throughout the dish and creates an elegant presentation option.

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Ingredients

Cooked beans

  • 1 lb. dried white Cannellini beans
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 fresh rosemary, 6” branch
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Black pepper, cracked, to taste
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

Shrimp

  • 24 shrimp, large, shelled, deveined (~1 lb.)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. thyme, minced
  • 8 rosemary skewers
  • Sea salt, to taste

Swiss chard

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 6 Tbsp. shallots, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 2 bunches Swiss chard, white, red, or rainbow,  stemmed and torn into pieces
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 fl. oz. white wine

Number of Servings : 8

Serving Size: 3 shrimp, 1 cup beans, and 1/2 cup greens

The white beans in this dish take on the flavors of the chile and fresh herbs. The rosemary brings beautiful aromatics to this versatile dish that can be easily scaled to an entrée or appetizer portion. Grilling the shrimp on the rosemary skewers enhances the herb’s flavor throughout the dish and creates an elegant presentation option.

Directions

  1. For the beans: Sort and wash the beans of any debris and dust and then soak them overnight under refrigeration in 3 times the volume of water as beans.
  2. Discard any beans that float or appear wrinkled and misshapen. Drain the soaking water and reserve. Place the beans in a 3-quart pot and cover with only enough of the soaking water to cover the beans. Bring the beans to a boil and skim the pot well of any foam that rises.
  3. Reduce the heat to the barest simmer, add the remaining ingredients except for the salt, and cover the pot with a tight fitting lid. It is possible, with a low fire, that the beans will take 2 to 2½ hours to cook. Check the water level on the beans every 20 minutes and add more hot water as needed to keep the beans covered. As the beans approach tenderness, give them ever less liquid—the ideal would be a finished pot of moist, tender beans without excessive cooking liquid.
  4. Once the beans are tender, add the salt and adjust the seasoning. Set aside in a warm place until the rest of the dish is prepared. If you intend to store the beans for later, keep them in their cooking liquid, covered, and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
  5. In a medium-sized bowl, combine shrimp, oil, and thyme. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 6 hours.
  6. For rosemary skewers: Pull half of the leaves off each stalk, so that leaves remain on one end. Sharpen the other end into a point with a paring knife. Thread three shrimp onto the pointed end of each skewer.
  7. For the chard: Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and garlic to the pan and sweat until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the chard to the pan, and season with salt and pepper. Sauté until just barely wilted, about 5 to 7 minutes. Sauté in batches if necessary.
  8. Add the white wine to the pan and cover. Steam the chard until the spines are tender and the liquid has almost evaporated, about 5 minutes.
  9. To cook the shrimp: Heat a grill, grill pan, or broiler. Cook shrimp about 3 minutes per side, until they turn opaque and start to curl slightly.
  10. To serve: Place a small amount of the Swiss chard in the middle of a plate and top with some of the cooked beans. Place the cooked shrimp skewer on top and season with the sea salt.

Note: The white beans in this dish really take on the flavors of the chile and fresh herbs. The rosemary brings beautiful aromatics to this versatile dish that can be easily scaled to an entrée or appetizer portion. Grilling the shrimp on the rosemary skewers continues the flavor profile throughout the dish and creates an elegant presentation option.

Recipe developed by The Culinary Institute of America as an industry service to the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.