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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Roasted Green Beans with Shallots, Red Pepper, and Garlic



 I made these for dinner tonight along with some grilled chicken and baked potatoes. They were so much better than basic steamed or boiled beans. If you haven't roasted green beans before, give it a try. They're delicious. And cheap. I got a pound of green beans for .60 cents. Add 1 red pepper for .50 cents, 4 cloves garlic for pennies, about 6 shallots for about $1.00, and a handful of toasted pine nuts. Delicious, cheap, and pretty. Can't beat that.

Here goes: Wash and snap off the ends of 1 pound of super fresh green beans. No wimpy beans here. Make sure they are crisp and moist. Then dry them off so they roast, rather than steam.
Slice up 1 red bell pepper.
Halve about 6 shallots. Keep them fairly thick so they don't burn. Throw in some whole or half garlic cloves.  I made some roasted garlic, so had the cut off garlic tops, peeled, and tossed those in.
Pour some Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the top. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.
Place in a pre-heated 425 degree oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, stir them up with a spatula.
Return to oven for another 10 minutes.
                                         Remove from the oven and zest 1 lemon over the top.
                                     Add a handful of toasted pine nuts (or toasted almonds)
                                                                    And dig on in.

Ingredients
1 lb fresh green beans
1 Red Bell Pepper
6 cloves garlic
6 shallots, halved
2 Tbls Olive Oil
Kosher salt 
Fresh cracked pepper

Method
1. Wash and snap off the ends of 1 pound of fresh green beans. 
2. Halve 6 (or so) shallots. 
3. Add 6 whole or halved cloves fresh garlic.
4. Pour 2 Tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the top. 
5. Sprinkle with 2 tsp Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.
6. Place in a pre-heated 425 degree oven for 10 minutes. 
7. After 10 minutes, stir them up with a spatula.
8. Return to oven for another 10 minutes.
9. Remove from the oven and zest 1 lemon over the top.
10. Add a handful of toasted pine nuts (or toasted almonds).
11. Toss and serve warm.

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I'm a home cook that can put some good tasting food on the table, most of the time. My family knows dinner is ready when the fire alarm goes off.