Braised Runner Beans

February 26, 2011
Braised Runner Beans

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

Ingredients

  • 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
In This Recipe

Directions

  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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