Friday, December 28, 2012

Garlic and more Garlic (and a little beans and tomatoes... but mostly GARLIC!)

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Looks dramatic doesn't it???

Want to see it from another angle...

How about a close-up...

And even closer so you get an idea of just how much garlic is in this...

Truth is, this recipe is so fast (start to finish, about 40 minutes, but 30 minutes is roasting the garlic, so you have time to change diapers, wash windows, eat bonbons or play a turbo double or nothing sit and go $5 on-line poker tournament (I won, so I made a profit on the meal (it's cheap) Bit I digress)). Where was I??? Oh yeah, this is so fast, only 10 minutes actual hands on effort, that I had to show so many photos just to get the post long enough. But the photos are pretty aren't they?

Fast and CHEAP, and really really good.

Keep scrolling down to see this easy to follow recipe...

OK, here's what I did...

1 pound Cherry Tomatoes, cut in half
1 pound Green Beans. trimmed
1 pound whole head of Garlic, roasted in Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 TBS Olive Oil, divided
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan Cheese

Salt and ground Pepper to taste
Separate the cloves of garlic, remove the skins, drizzle a bit of olive oil over them, a little salt and pepper, wrap in aluminum foil and roast in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes (just a shade longer if the turbo poker tournament lasts longer than it should because you are winning... I roasted mine for 40 minutes and it was fine).
Once you are ready to cook, smash and dice as best you can the garlic. It will be soft, but you want chunks, not a paste (although a paste would work if you over smash and cut. It just looks better with a chunky paste).
In a sauté pan, heat 2 TBS Olive Oil over medium heat. Add half the chunky garlic paste. Trim the beans and sauté in Olive Oil for JUST 3 MINUTES. NO LONGER than 3 minutes. Beans should have a snap to them. Crunchy when you eat them. 3 minutes gets a nice shine, heated through, yet will have that snap.
Set aside and do the same with the tomatoes. Again, 3 minutes is plenty.
While the tomatoes are sauteing, arrange the beans attractively
Dump the tomatoes on the beans, garnish with Parmesan and salt and pepper to taste
And most important of all, listen to the oooohhhs and ahhhhhs from your family.

This was plenty for our lunch. All the fresh tastes of nature you could want!!!

It's a winner!

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