Vedge's Seared French Beans with Caper Bagna Cauda

September  5, 2013

At their Philadelphia restaurant, Vedge, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby are redefining the concept of a vegan restaurant. This week, they'll be sharing recipes from their latest cookbookgiving away copies, and providing insight on how to make vegan cooking feel exciting and new.

Seared French Beans with Caper Bagna Cauda from Food52

To make bagna cauda, a warm Italian oil dip, you mash or purée garlic and capers (and anchovies) with more olive oil than they can hold until the oil separates and becomes boldly infused with their flavors. Our favorite experience with bagna cauda was in an unlikely place -- Japan -- where we were served a miso bagna cauda that inspired us to create this version. Try replacing the thin French green beans with asparagus or broccolini.

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Vedge's Seared French Beans with Caper Bagna Cauda

Serves 4 to 6

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
garlic cloves
tablespoons capers, drained
teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
teaspoons salt
teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
pound green beans, preferably haricots verts, ends trimmed
lemon wedges (optional)

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

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The Food52 Vegan Cookbook is here! With this book from Gena Hamshaw, anyone can learn how to eat more plants (and along the way, how to cook with and love cashew cheese, tofu, and nutritional yeast).

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