Here is a nice, easy summer dish to go with grilled meats. It's essentially just beans with sage.
The name means "beans like little birds" and nobody is really sure where the little birds come in, except that the seasonings are typical of those used in poultry dishes.
You can optionally add tomatoes, but I like these with just the delicate flavors presented here along with some grilled meat or maybe a strong-flavored fish like swordfish or salmon.
You can use canned beans, but you get better flavor if you use the dried beans and refresh them yourself, as described here.
- Drain the beans and then boil them with the bit of onion, rosemary and one of the sage sprigs, and one of the garlic cloves, until tender.
- Saute the whole sage and the other garlic clove long enough to flavor the oil and then either discard them or not depending on how you want the final dish to look.
- Drain the beans and rinse them, then add them to the pan with a little of the water.
- Add salt and pepper if you like, and simmer until the water evaporates.
- Stir it all together and put into a bowl to cool.
- When it is no longer hot, stir in that last special spoonful of your best olive oil (see the notes) and transfer to a pretty serving dish.