Author Notes: A wholesome dish that calls only for a slice of fresh bread and a glass of white wine. But the dish will depend entirely on the quality of its ingredients, so invest in young, fresh beans, good quality mozzarella and fragrant olive oil. —QueenSashy
Makes: 4 first course servings
pounds yellow string beans
pound buffalo mozzarella, cut into cubes
ounces pitted kalamata olives
Juice of one lemon
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
- In a mini processor, puree the olives, garlic, lemon juice and four tablespoons of olive oil.
- Light a grill or preheat a broiler. Drizzle the beans with olive oil and season with salt. Grill over moderately high heat, turning the beans from time to time, until crisp-tender and lightly charred, about 12 minutes. Season with ground pepper.
- Spread the olive puree on plates, add the beans and top with mozzarella.
- Drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil over the cheese and sprinkle with some more pepper to garnish.