Bill Granger’s Braised White Beans, Grilled Spring Greens, And Sourdough Crumb 

Bill Granger's Braised White Beans, Grilled Spring Greens
Bill Granger


Sep 13, 2018

 Incredibly, 95% of Australian adults don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables. In fact, only one in twenty (5%) adults meet the Australian Dietary Guidelines for fruit and vegetable consumption. One in two adults (50 per cent) are not eating the recommended intake of fruit, while only 7.0% are meeting the guidelines for serves of vegetables.
Braised white beans, grilled spring greens, and sourdough crumb 

Serves 6 +

  • 600g soaked cannellini beans (200g dry) 9 tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 bunch sage, roughly picked
  • 1 bunch oregano, roughly picked
  • 6 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced on the mandolin 1 ltr water
  • 300ml olive oil

Wash the soaked beans and place all the ingredients in a pan and gently simmer until the beans are tender. Remove from the heat and season well. Cool and store and in an airtight container in the fridge.

Sourdough Crumb

(makes 17 portions, keeps for 7 days)

  • 300g sourdough ripped roughly 100ml olive oil
  • 100g pumpkins seeds
  • 20g garlic, finely sliced
  • 5 sprigs of thyme

Rip the bread into small pieces and place in a pan with the oil. Heat until it starts to turn golden brown, and add the pumpkin seeds until it is all crispy. Add the garlic and remove from the heat, letting the residual heat crisp the garlic. Leave to cool and then add the picked thyme. Store in an airtight container.

To Serve: Each Plate

  • olive oil
  • 100g blanched spring greens 350g braised beans
  • 25g sourdough crumb
  • 1⁄4 lemon

Oil and season the blanched spring greens and char on the griddle. Finish with salt and a little lemon juice. Put the portion of beans onto a plate, and place the spring greens on top, as per the photograph. Garnish with the sourdough crumb and lemon zest.

This recipe was supplied by Bill Granger for Meat Free Week 2018. The campaign runs from 24-30 September in support of Bowel Cancer Australia. See to sign up.


By Bill Granger


Bill Granger recipes have featured on The Carousel ever since we launched the site in 2014 - yes, ten years ago. He always supported us and his recipes have always been hugely popular on our site. So the news of his passing on December 25, 2023 was a huge saddness to us all. Bill Granger was an Australian chef and food writer, loved by family cooks and sophisticated foodies alike, for his relaxed style and fresh local-ingredient led dishes. Bill’s sunny, easy-going approach to food is an essential element in his enduring popularity. We thank Bill for bringing us all so much joy from his cooking.



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