Saturday, August 21, 2010

What's Cookin?: Spanish Green Beans

This turned out to be a great side dish. It's a Spanish inspired dish of green beans slowly simmered with tomatoes and garlic. Yummy!! I took liberties with this recipe to suit my taste. I added some Italian seasonings to give it more flavor and also added sugar to cut through the acid of the tomatoes and lemon. It was a great way to use up some of my green (and burgundy) beans from the garden.

Spanish Green Beans
Adapted from (submitted by jed)
Prep time: 10 min, Cook time: 45 min
Servings: 6
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 lbs. fresh green beans, cut into 1 inch lengths
28 oz. can diced tomatoes with juices
3 Tbsp. pine nuts
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 bay leaf
dash of Italian seasoning (usually a mix of oregano, basil, marjoram, sage & garlic)
sugar, salt and pepper to taste

1) Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Make sure not to burn the garlic. If the garlic begins to brown, reduce heat.

2) Add green beans and continue to cook and stir until the beans turn bright green (but not quite tender), for about 4 minutes.

3) Add tomatoes, lemon juice, pine nuts and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and add Italian seasoning and sugar if needed. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer gently uncovered for about 30 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf before serving.


Wendy said...

This looks delicious - and I have just picked some beans to use! I'm glad you were able to join my little party - hopefully you'll have more tasty travels for this Saturday! :)

My Sassy Chef said...

Hi there! This looks absolutely yummy! Those green beans you used are called string beans over here. =)

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