Sunday, December 4, 2011

Green Beans Braised in Olive Oil

Green Beans Braised in Olive Oil

There are several kinds of green beans in Turkey. Some are broad, some not. Fresh form of black eye beans called “borulce” are sold as Chinese String Beans in the US . In Turkey all of the green beans are cooked the same way. Typically, they are served at room temperature as side dishes.  In the Aegean region of Turkey, however, sometimes they are served hot with yogurt on the side. I like them both ways.

Green Beans
Chinese String Beans (Borulce)

  • 1 lb green beans
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 table spoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup hot water
  • Salt to taste

Cut the ends of the beans, wash and drain.
Peel and grate the tomato. If you don’t want to peel, you can chop it in blender. Do not liquify.
Place olive oil and onions in a heavy sauce pan. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
Add beans, tomato, water, sugar and salt. Bring to boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low. Simmer until beans are tender, about 30 minutes.
Remove from heat. Transfer into a serving dish. 

Afiyet olsun! Bon Appetit!

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