Braised Runner Beans

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Author Notes: When we lived in London, I discovered runner beans. They have a wonderful flavor and somehow a small looking bunch seems to turn into a good-sized side dish. this is a simple preperation, with a few varriations. I sometimes add tomatoes, but not always. The dish does need a touch of acid, which teh tomatoes will give it, but a splash of vinegar is good.innoabrd

Serves four

  • 1 bunch runner beans
  • 3 thick slices of pancetta or good quality bacon
  • 1 onion
  • 1 can of chopped Italian tomatoes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Slice the beans thinly along the bias.
  2. In a saute pan, cook the pancetta/bacon over medium/high heat to render the fat, but not crisp.
  3. Add the onion and saute until translucent.
  4. Add the beans and turn a few times to coat. Add the tomatoes as well, if using.
  5. Add the water, vinegar and salt and pepper, quickly cover and turn the heat to low.
  6. Cook, covered, for 7-10 minutes, until the beans are cooked through, but still have some crunch. Adjust the seasoning and serve.
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20 days ago DJean

Having only purchased beans loose beans from a bin, I'm not sure how much a bunch of beans would be. Please advise ;~}

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20 days ago innoabrd

In this case, we're speaking of the fresh bean, harvested before the pods swell. https://www.rhs.org.uk...

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

SOunds so good. Am thinking I will grow some as well, even though I mostly do herbs these days.

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Nice! I'm planting 2 varieties of runner beans along my fence this summer (mainly for the flowers; the beans are an added bonus.)

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over 3 years ago innoabrd

Me, I'd see the flowers as a bonus. Runner beans are delicious!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

It's funny, because in the US runner beans are mainly grown for the flowers! Other places they're grown for the bean. Sometimes our priorities are a bit out of whack!

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over 3 years ago innoabrd

Wonder if it's one of those 'old-fashioned' veggies that simply fell out of fashion? Be sure to harvest them while they're green and still flat. You want to eat the whole thing, pod and all.