Smoky Tomato Green Beans

Posted on July 21, 2012

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Sometimes I get bored cooking the same foods in the same way over and over again.  This week’s CSA share brought green beans, yellow beans,  and tomatoes.  I had a partial bottle of Merlot hanging out on the top shelf of the fridge.  There were a variety of smoked seasonings in the cupboard.  It was meant to be.  This turned out to be one of my best cooking experiments in a long time, and I really suggest trying it if you get the chance.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups dry red wine (I used Merlot.)
  • 3 handfuls of green and yellow beans (about 36 beans)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 or 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon black (or other smoked) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground smoked pepper

Place rice on the stove and cook according to package directions.  Once rice is cooking, combine tomatoes, wine, herbs and garlic in a medium saucepan, cover and turn to medium heat.  Don’t be afraid to break the tomatoes up a bit when stirring them.  Begin snapping beans into a good-sized frying pan.  Add olive oil.  When the rice is finished cooking, remove it from the heat and set aside, covered, to rest.  Cook the beans over medium heat, covered, for about 10 minutes. (5 if you prefer your beans a bit crunchy.)  Toss or stir the beans occasionally during this process to keep the ones on the bottom from over cooking.  Add the smoked salt and pepper to the tomatoes when you turn on the beans.  When the 10 minutes are up, pour the tomato mixture over the beans, stir well, and cook for two minutes more.  Spoon the finished vegetables over rice, being sure to scoop up some of the cooking liquid.

You can top everything off with a little Asiago or Parmesan if you want to get a bit fancy.  These veggies make a satisfying dinner on their own, though they could certainly be served as a side.  Just don’t be surprised if the savory goodness completely overshadows the main dish.

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