Thursday, April 15, 2010
Everything's Gone Green…Beans
Back in those days I used to like canned beans. I was also down with the music of New Order. Today, New Order tunes still provide me with a welcome sense of nostalgia while canned beans turn me off and bring on a series of questions. Like, why did I find them so appealing? And why did I also enjoy baloney, raw hot dogs and Velveeta cheese (is it really cheese?).
Everything's Gone Green had me moving to the beat as they blared in the background. Their synthesized sound brought back unforgettable memories (and some forgettable ones) while I roasted this complimenting mix of green beans cherry tomatoes, basil and garlic. I could have also added potatoes to the mix but then things would have started to get out of control…did I mention my ‘80s coiffure.
Roasted Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 lb green beans, trimmed
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
2 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp dried basil
1 tbsp olive oil
In a steamer basket or large saucepan of boiling water, cook beans until slightly tender, about 3 minutes. Drain beans and pat dry.
In a large bowl, combine cooked beans, tomatoes, garlic, basil and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
Place mixture on a rimmed baking sheet that has been lined with foil or sprayed with cooking spray. Roast in a 400º F oven until tomatoes begin to break down, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish and serve.
Volume: Makes 4 servings
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