Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

This is a simple side that is well liked in my home and is easy to prepare. Everytime I prepare this, I forget to take pics and postpone it to next time. Well, somehow this time I made sure I clicked and hence I am posting this. Its very straight forward recipe which I sourced from Allrecipes.

Ingredients:
Green Beans: about 1-1.5 cup or so halved or chopped into bite sized pieces
Water: just enough for blanching the beans

Butter: 1.5 tbsp
Fresh Basil Leaves: few
Garlic Salt: 1/4 tsp or 1-2 cloves crushed/minced garlic
Salt,Pepper :as per taste
Sugar: 1 tsp
Cherry Tomatoes: halved : 1/2 cup +

Preparation:
String and chop the green beans into slightly larger pieces. In a large vessel, boil water adding salt and blanch the beans. It would take just a few minutes, especially if the beans are young/tender. Drain and keep aside.

In a deep pan, melt butter and stir in the sugar, both the salts and pepper and basil. Stir well and then add in the cherry tomato halves.Allow to cook for 1-2 minutes till the tomatoes start to soften. Add this to  the blanched beans and mix well.

Serve warm as a side salad optionally garnished with cheese.


A simple dish which is buttery and herby -I love basil- and bring out the best in beans.Make sure you do not over cook the beans. Healthy and simple side or you call it as a salad.You can also add toasted pinenuts for more crunchier dish.

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