Thursday, 25 August 2011

Balsamic Beans

Oh dear, I feel so bad. Beans again. But the garden is still churning them out, and I still have to find something to do with them. Next year, much fewer beans! Still liked this though.

4 servings
20 minutes prep time - plus cooling time

Balsamic Beans
500 grams (1 pound) green or wax beans
1 small shallot
1 clove of garlic
3 tablespoons sunflower seed oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
fresh black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons finely minced parsley

Wash, trim and slice the beans, and cook them in boiling water for 5 minutes.

While the beans cook, peel and mince the garlic and shallot. Heat one tablespoon of the oil in a small skillet, and sauté the shallot for just a minute, then add the garlic and sauté for a minute more. Add the vineger, sugar and salt, and let boil up.

Drain the beans and put them in a bowl. Pour the boiling mixture over them, and add the remainder of the oil. Mix well. Let cool to room temperature, then add the parsley, washed and finely minced.

Last year at this time I made Pear Jelly with Blueberries.

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