Sunday, September 28, 2014

String Beans Braised in Apple Cider

(3-4 servings as a side)

This is a terrific way to prepare string beans, especially if there are a lot of larger and tougher beans mixed in. The longer the beans braise in the cider the more tender and flavorful they become.

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1 lb string beans, trimmed and sliced  diagonally if they are large
1/2 - 3/4 cup apple cider
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Heat the olive oil in a pot (with a lid) over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic and cook, stirring from time to time until the onion is translucent.

Add the string beans and 1/2 cup apple cider. Place the lid over the pot, reduce the heat to low and cook the beans for about 60-90 minutes. Check the beans every 20 minutes or so and add more cider if the beans look dry. I had used slightly more than half a cup of cider by the time the beans were tender and to my liking. There was a small amount of liquid remaining in the pot (one or two tablespoons) when the beans were ready.

Check, and adjust the seasoning with a bit of salt and pepper. Serve hot or at room temperature.


Carole said...

Hi Gerlinde, just stopped by to let you know you've been featured today over at Carole's Chatter. Cheers

Sippity Sup said...

Yes it's braising weather somewhere in this world. I hope it arrives in 100 degree LA soon. GREG

Gerlinde in Washington said...

Sadly it appears to be unseasonably warm in many places. We didn't get triple digits here today, but it was a lot warmer than I like.

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