August 24th, 2009

Roasted String Beans

roasted string beans

Starting off the week sweet and simple. And with a reminder that roasting isn’t just for winter. It’s true that turning on the oven isn’t particularly appealing in August heat, but neither is having to stand by the stove or clean dishes. This quick cooking technique for (even) summer veggies trades in the latter for, yes, turning on your oven.

So preheat that baby to 375 degrees, line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil (for easy clean up), and sit in the AC while your veggies roast. (Did that make me sounds like a serious eco pirate?!) These string beans are garlicky good, can be fed to even the youngest eaters (6+ mos!), and also serve as a fun finger food for the older kids. Including the kid in you!

I guess this is more of a technique than a recipe. You don’t have to be a top chef to feel this one out. It’s pretty full proof. Try it and see (and report back!).

Roasted String Beans
(can be adapted for kids 6+ mos)

organic string beans, cleaned and trimmed
organic olive oil
whole organic garlic cloves
salt & pepper, to taste


1.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread string beans in a single layer. Add garlic cloves—as many as you want. I use 3 cloves for a single layer of beans on a standard cookie sheet.

2. Drizzle with a generous amount of oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Consider using a separate cooking sheet for baby’s portion so that you can keep the oil to a minimum and skip the salt and pepper.

3. Roast until beans are nicely “charred” in spots and garlic has caramelized. Use a food processor to puree baby’s portion to whatever texture she’s managing these days.

PS: sorry for the blurry picture!!

5 Responses

  1. Susan says:

    I love roasted string beans! This summer, though, we’ve been grilling them in one of those grilling wok contraptions, and that has worked out great too. Just a thought if you really don’t want to heat up the kitchen.

  2. stacie says:

    Great idea!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. curlywurlyfi says:

    Oh yum, yes. I make these all the time. Nice also without the garlic but with a dot of sesame oil + soy + maybe some sesame seeds sprinkled on afterwards; or tossed with black olives, cherry tomatoes + a tin of anchovies + their oil for beans nicoise. Not so child-friendly, that last one, though (though it is super delicious).

  4. stacie says:

    I love these ideas!! And, while I understand your instinct to suggest that beans nicoise is not so child-friendly, I’d certainly serve it to Isaac! He actually really likes olives and fish. So, i bet it would be well-received. And if it isn’t, well, us ChowMamas refuse to label something not child-friendly just because our kid is reluctant or refuses it a couple of times. Unless it’s inappropriately spicy (and even that’s relative!), or has ingredients or texture that make it dangerous or unhealthy to eat (at least in quantity), then it’s child-friendly enough in our book! Thanks for the suggestions.

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