Community Recipe: Guernsey Bean Jar


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Bean Jar has long been a well known part of Guernsey culture. Bakers would allow residents to cook the dish in their ovens overnight, to be eaten at breakfast. This was common practice until the 1920s. The dish is still popular in Guernsey, and served at Lé Viaer Marchi, an annual festival.


  • 1 Pigs trotter or shin of beef
  • 200 g Haricot beans
  • 200 g Butter Beans
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 2 Diced Carrots
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 pinch Salt and Pepper
  • 2 pt Beef stock

Step 1


Soak beans overnight in water

Step 2

Put In Ingredients

Place all the ingredients in either an earthenware pot or a large casserole dish and pour over the water or stock.

Step 3

Cover Jar

Cover the jar or dish and place it in a moderate oven at gas 2-3 or 150-170°C for 6-8 hours.

Step 4

Check Dish

Check the dish occasionally and top up the water level as needed

Step 5

Check Saeasoning

Check the seasoning, remove the bones from the meat and the bay leaf.

Step 6

Serving Suggestions

Serve with crusty bread and Guernsey salted butter.

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