Prep 25 mins
Cook 20 mins
From: The Food of Portugal. Haven't tried this yet, but it sounded good. Did not include marinating time in prep time.
- 2 lbs tender young green beans, washed and tipped
- 3 quarts boiling water, plus 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 2⁄3 cup coarsely chopped fresh coriander leaves (the dried won't do)
- 5 -6 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 -4 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Cook the beans in the boiling salted water in a large covered saucepan over moderate heat, 10 to 12 minutes until tender.
- Meanwhile, place the garlic and coriander in a large heat-proof bowl. As soon as the beans are done, drain well, return to moderate heat, and shake the pan 30 to 40 seconds to drive off all excess moisture. Dump the hot beans on top of the garlic and coriander and let stand 10 minutes.
- Add 5 tablespoons of the olive oil and toss well to mix; cover and marinate in the refrigerator 3 to 4 hours or, better yet, overnight.
- About 45 minutes before serving, bring the beans from the refrigerator and let stand, still covered, on the counter. Just before serving, add the lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of the vinegar, and the pepper. Toss well, taste, and add more vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper, if needed. Serve as an accompaniment to pork, poultry, veal, or beef.
- There's a reason for adding the lemon juice and vinegar to the green beans after they've marinated. If you mix these acids in too soon, the beans will turn an unappetizing shade of brown.
I was so excited to find this recipe during ZWT. Our plants have been producing green beans like crazy this week. I new I would be trying something very unique, and was not disappointed. This is delicious. No substitions or adjustments needed for us. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Made for ZWT5.
What a beautiful way to serve green beans. I found them perfectly tangy, garlicky, herbal, and with a sweetness that I didn't quite expect, but was quite welcome. These are a beautiful side dish for summer meals, and if you prefer your beans hot, they do reheat very nicely after marinating. Made for Dining Daredevils for Zaar World Tour V.
DH and I served these beans last night as an accompaniment to steak. We followed all directions as posted and marinaded the beans for approximately 7 hours or so. I really liked the olive oil, garlic, cilantro combination. We felt the cider vinegar was a little too strong for our tastes. I might scale it back to a tablespoon or two in the future. Thanks!