Sunday, July 12, 2009

OLS Week 6 - Versatile Green Beans

One Local Summer

While I managed to squeeze in a local lunch last week consisting of grape tomatoes, mozzarella and basil drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, I didn't get time to write a post about it or take any pictures. This week almost went by without a post, too, but I remember this morning and made up a delicious local lunch to share for week 6 of One Local Summer.

A trip to the farmer's market this morning gave me great ideas for local meals in the coming week. I brought home ingredients galore. For today's local meal, I started with green beans and got creative.

First, I steamed some green beans while I sauteed onion and garlic in some olive oil. When the beans were done (about 5 minutes) I tossed them in with the onion, one diced tomato, a little salt and pepper and a couple tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. I cooked it down for a few minutes, tossed in some fresh basil and then dished it up. I topped all that with a tablespoon or so of crumbled chevre.

For a little added oomph, I sliced up a baguette and topped a couple slices with a dollop of smoked hummus from Neopol Savory Smokery, which I only recently discovered although I've been walking past their stand for two years. The smokey hummus flavor is something I never would have considered if I hadn't tried a sample the last time I was at the market. I'd been thinking about it ever since and went prepared with a few extra dollars this week so that I could treat myself. It was well worth it, and I'm already thinking about trying their smoked salmon next time.

The local low-down: All ingredients were local except olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.

6 comments:

Holly H. said...

Looks really great! Very summery and tasty.

nejyerf said...

i think i'll make my next batch of beans this way. sounds delicious.

Ami said...

Thanks for the comments, ladies. They were very tasty. I forgot to mention, but I made the other half of the beans with a mustard dressing. I'll have to post about that one, too.

livinginalocalzone said...

I have green beans aplenty in my kitchen this week, so you've given lots of ideas. I don't usually have them cold/room temp, but why on earth not?

Sandy said...

Looks delicious! Love green beans, love your blog.

Ami said...

Livinginalocalzone - Now I really need to post about green beans, because I made a great bean and potato salad over the weekend that was amazing!

Sandy - Thanks! Hope you're having fun with your own green beans!

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