Monday, December 20, 2010

Roasted Green Beans

Roasted Green Beans
You’ll Need
Fresh green beans
Extra virgin olive oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Coarse Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
Cracked Pepper

Possible garnishes: Grated cheese sprinkle, chili pepper, black sesame seeds, slivered almonds, Japanese pepper sprinkle

Pre-heat oven to 350 Trim green beans by cutting off ends. Arrange on a cookie sheet. Drizzle liberally with extra virgin olive oil. Drizzle lightly with balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle liberally with salt and cracked pepper. Roast in a 350 oven until beans are cooked to desired. For extra flavor, allow the beans to blacken a bit, take about 20-30 minutes.

You can trim green beans relatively easy by grabbing a handful, making 1 end even in your fist by tapping them on the counter. Trim with kitchen shears. Reverse the beans in your hand to make them even on the other end. Trim 2nd end with shears.

For a snack that will feel like you’re eating French fries, leave the beans as long as possible. You can even arrange them in a “haystack” or in a short drinking glass.

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