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Green Beans with Apricots and Serrano Ham

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Green Beans with Apricots and Serrano Ham

- Amanda

I had this strange and bewitching little salad at Jaleo, a Spanish restaurant that’s part of Jose Andres's Washington D.C. empire. There are no earth-shattering techniques or unusual ingredients involved. Just some dried apricots plumped with sherry and Serrano ham cut into confetti-like cubes. After blanching the haricots verts you want to keep them warm, and toss them quickly with the ham and warm apricots. The heat of the beans should warm the fat in the ham so it helps flavor the salad. Simple dishes are all about this kind of detail.

Bean Salad with Apricots and Serrano Ham

Loosely adapted from Jaleo in Bethesda, Md.

Serves 4

  • Salt
  • 6 dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup fino sherry (or whatever sherry you can find; a sweet one will work, too)
  • 1/3 cup small green grapes
  • 1/3 Granny Smith apple, skin on
  • One 1/8-inch-thick slice Serrano ham or prosciutto (about 1.5 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon sliced chives
  • 3/4 pound haricots verts or thin green beans, topped but not tailed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

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about 3 years ago dds writer

I had this salad at Jaleo in Bethesda yesterday. Yum! So glad to find the recipe here.

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about 3 years ago ctgal

Just went to Jaleo's with friends, and I didn't see it on the menu. But I did have a lovely salad with beets.

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over 3 years ago lindawee

Was wondering what you would suggest that would be a tasty substitute for the sherry. I don't drink plus I would like to make this for my kids.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

How about apricot juice?

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over 3 years ago Panfusine

How does a vegetarian make this?.. I mean, is the ham expendable?.. if not, any appropriate suggestions for substitutes?

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Sure, you could skip the ham. You might also add a grain instead.

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over 3 years ago EmilyC

I haven't had this salad at Jaleo either, but I'm glad you're continuing to sleuth as the "Counterfeit Cook" (as you referred to yourself in another post)! I'm anxious to try this.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Forgot about that rubric! Thanks.

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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

I always enjoy Jaleo! Haven't had this salad, but it looks great!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

We ordered it because it seemed like it would work as a refreshing contrast to all the fried food and pork we had coming our way.

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over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

bright and beautiful--might even get me to eat my beans again!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Whatever it takes, right?

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over 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Yum! I am making this to go with dinner tonight! Thanks for sharing.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Great -- thanks.

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over 3 years ago allie

Amanda, thoughts on what to replace the ham with that would still add some fattiness? (I keep kosher). Was thinking maybe smoked salmon?

Chris_in_oslo

over 3 years ago Greenstuff

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If you can get cured duck breast, sometimes called duck prosciutto, that's a wonderful substitution for cured hams.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Like that idea, Greenstuff. Smoked salmon also worth trying. Would cheese be kosher?

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Yum! And thank you for not cutting the tails off your green beans; that's one of my big pet peeves.

Chris_in_oslo

over 3 years ago Greenstuff

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Ditto!! My French friends disagree, but I think cutting the tips off suggests that you are covering up for some not-so-fresh beans.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Love the tips!