Sunday, 11 August 2013

Something to try with yellow beans

           Yellow bean and tomato stew

Yellow beans can be used exactly like a green Haricot bean. They can be roast, steamed, boiled and stir fried. Add them to curries or turn them into delicious salads. Try an Ottolenghi style salad, by roasting the beans till slightly golden, dressing with an orange and hazelnut vinaigrette, adding some orange zest and  some chopped hazelnuts and lots of chopped parsley. Yellow beans love all soft herbs such as chervil, tarragon, parsley, basil, chives, coriander and marjoram. One of my personal favs is dressing them with a herbed butter, adding a pinch of nutmeg, some pan fried lardons and a good healthy grating of Parmesan 
(by healthy I mean lots)!! DELICIOUS!!

However here is another little recipe to try. As featured in today's veg boxes... yellow bean and tomato stew. Feel free to bulk out with some pan fried courgette, a handful of mange tout....or whatever takes your fancy. Just think Mediterranean style flavors!! 

The Recipe

Serves 2

1 garlic clove

400g of ripe sauce tomatoes like SAN MARZANO,(they stock in Migros Verbier)

300g yellow beans

1 tbsp of thyme leaves

2 tbsp of olive oil

1/2 a red chilli, deseeded and finely diced

1 tbsp of basil leaves chopped, reserve the stalks to flavor the sauce

1. First prepare your beans. Take the tops of each bean(this is the part where the bean was attached to the stem). Chop the beans across in two. In a pan of boiling, salted water cook the beans till tender, this normally takes 6 mins. Check by inserting a knife.

2. When cooked drain your beans and run under cold water. Ideally if you have some ice, place your beans in iced water to cool fast.

3. In a saucepan, sweat of your garlic in a little olive oil for 1 minute.

4. Roughly dice your tomatoes and add to the garlic along with the basil stalks, two tbsp of olive oil, thyme and the chilli.

5. Cook over a medium heat for around 20 mins or until your sauce starts to thicken slightly. 

6. Taste for flavor, add some sea salt, pepper and more olive oil, until you are happy with the taste.

7. Add your cooked yellow beans, and stir through to reheat for a couple of minutes.

8. Finally add your chopped basil and drizzle with olive oil.  

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