Green Beans Romescu

  • Yield 8 servings

This dish is adapted from a classic Spanish sauce. Smoked Paprika lends a unique flavor (find it in the spice aisle), but you can substitute regular paprika if you want.

Chipotle chiles, canned in a spicy sauce called adobo, are available at Latin-American markets, specialty foods stores and some supermarkets. Leftover canned chiles can be transferred to a glass jar and stored in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

2 pounds fresh green beans, ends trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon minced chipotle chile in adobo sauce
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 medium red bell peppers, roasted, peeled and cut in 2 inch lengths
1/4 cup almonds slivers, toasted
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add green beans and cook 2 minutes. Drain beans and plunge in ice water to stop cooking process. Drain well and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick saute pan over medium heat. Add shallots and saute 3 minutes. Add garlic, chipotle and paprika to shallots and stir well. Add beans and saute until nearly tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Add bell pepper, stir well and cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat. Add almonds and lemon rind and mix well. Serve immediately.

Recipe by Cheryl Forberg

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