Green beans are one of my favorite vegetables. They always have been, however, I used to only like them out of a can?! Now, I only like them fresh. I love for the green bean to still have a fresh crunch. Roasting vegetables is always my go-to for an easy side dish. I add different seasonings, depending on the main dish, a drizzle of olive oil, and roast at 400 for 15-20 minutes until crispy and delicious.
This one particular night, the entree was taking longer than I expected and I had some extra time on my hands. The kitchen was clean, the table was set, and I was sitting. It was very unusual. One of my friends said she was making this delicious dish. I decided then that my roasted green beans were not going to cut it. I wanted something with tomatoes, too. I have yet to get around to making that dish, but it did inspire me to find this recipe.
Blanching the green beans ensures that the crispy and fresh crunch will still be there, you set those aside and start cooking up a delectable sauce of sorts. You sauté the tomatoes with butter and basil and you can hear the tomatoes bursting in the butter. You toss the green beans with the sauce and eat warm. I love using all of the summer produce in one dish; everything taste perfectly fresh and the best it will all season. Take advantage of it!
Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs. of Green Beans, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces 1 1/2 cups of Water 1/4 cup of Butter 1 tablespoon of Sugar 3/4 teaspoon of Garlic Salt 1/4 teaspoon of Pepper 1 1/2 teaspoon of Basil, fresh and chopped 2 cups of Cherry Tomatoes, halved
First, place the beans and water in a covered sauce pan. Bring to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat,drain, and set aside.
While you are waiting on the green beans, place another saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. When the butter has melted, stir in the sugar, garlic salt, pepper, and basil. Add the tomatoes and cook until desired softness. I prefer for some of the tomatoes to pop.
Add green beans to the mixture, toss gently, and serve immediately.
The Barbee Housewife
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