cook and cook the beans
One day before making Jota, soak the dried beans in a bowl filled with 1 liter (4 cups) of water. Set aside overnight (but for no longer than 24 hours). The next day, drain the beans and rinse them under running water. Add to a pot along with 1 liter (4 cups) of water, bay leaf, and salt. Cover with a lid and simmer for 40 - 45 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave in the water for about 10 - 15 minutes. Drain the beans and save the cooking water.TipFeel free to use canned beans. In that case, use 600g or 3 cups cooked beans. We would encourage you to cook dried beans, though, because the dish's flavor will be so much better.
cook the sauerkraut
Rinse the sauerkraut under cold running water. Add the sauerkraut to a small pot along with the slab of smoked bacon, bay leaf, peppercorns, and water. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a minimum and simmer for 20 - 25 minutes.
cook the potatoes
In a pot filled with salted water, add peeled large pieces of potatoes. Place over high heat. When the potatoes start to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are nearly cooked.
the Jota base
To a large pot, add the oil, cubbed pancetta, and diced onion. Place over medium-low heat and saute for 2 - 3 minutes for the pancetta to cook. Add the flour and cook for 5 minutes for the flour to brown a little bit. Add the paprika powder, diced garlic, and tomato paste. Stir, and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Pour in the reserved water from cooking the beans (750ml / 3 cups). Using a whisk, stir continuously until the mixture starts to boil.TipIf you're using cooked canned and drained beans, add 750ml (3 cups) of water or broth.
Transfer the bacon to a plate, discard the bay leaf. Add the sauerkraut with all the mixture into the Jota base along with the beans. Stir to combine, then add the drained nearly cooked potatoes. Cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes. Cut the slab of bacon into six thin (approx. 1 cm or 1/2-inch) slices, then chop the rest of the bacon and add the chopped bacon to the Jota.
Divide the Jota between six plates. Optionally sprinkle with diced parsley and place a slice of bacon on top.