Friday, June 27, 2014

Rosie Makes Her Favorite Green Bean Dish.

This is my favorite green bean dish of late.
And that says a lot.

Rosie's Green Beans 
2 cups trimmed and snapped beans
1 TB olive oil 
1 TB unsalted butter
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Heaping tablespoon of bacon marmalade  (Recipe below.)
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 tsp sugar
Kosher salt, to taste
1/2 cup diced feta cheese
2 TB chopped fresh dill
2 TB chopped fresh parsley
1 TB toasted sesame seeds

Trim your beans, then blanch them  in salted, boiling water for about 2 minutes.
Drain and plunge into ice water to stop the cooking and set the color.
Pat dry.
Heat 1 TB olive oil and 1 TB unsalted butter in skillet over high heat.
Add in beans, handful of sliced almonds, a tablespoon or so of bacon marmalade, and chopped red onion.
Add a teaspoon of sugar and Kosher salt to taste.
Toss the pan.

Cook until beans are al dente, about 2-3 minutes. 
Cool a bit, then add in diced feta cheese, chopped dill and parsley, and some toasted sesame seeds.

And if you've never had bacon marmalade, you're in for a treat!

Bacon Marmalade
8 ounces bacon, diced
1 medium onion, minced
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 TB maple syrup (Use the real deal.)
1 tsp coarse grained mustard
freshly ground pepper
Cut the bacon into small dices and fry over low heat until crisp.
Take your time so the bacon cooks evenly and slowly - about 20 minutes, pushing the bits around every now and then.
Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels.
Reserve about 1 TB bacon grease in the pan.
Add in onions and cook until onions are tender and translucent.
Add in brown sugar and cook about a minute.
Add in vinegar and mustard and cook until vinegar evaporates.
Add in maple syrup and pepper.
Return bacon to pan and stir to coat.
Store in refrigerator.


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