Cotechino and Braised Beans
Cotechino is a large, Italian pork sausage traditionally served to celebrate the New Year. Its thick casing is pierced all over with a knife, then gently braised in a pot of lentils until done. After the sausage is cooked, it's sliced into round coins, which are then fried crisp in a pan, and used to garnish the lentils or beans.
Cranberry beans are also known as Borlotti beans. If you are unable to find them, you can substitute white beans, Great Northern or Navy beans. Green or black lentils would be good, too.