Roasted Green Beans and Tomatoes

 

This week's CSA box. Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!

This week I had just a small handfull of green beans in my CSA box and LOTS of tomatoes.  I’ve been making the standard country dish of green beans/new potatoes/onions/ham all summer and was ready for something different.  I ran on to this recipe from Weight Watchers, having over 400 reviews and a 4-1/2 star rating I thought it would be worth a try.  I wasn’t disappointed.  Along with my CSA tomatos it made a fantastic, easy and quick side dish.   Bonus:  Basil was $1 per big bunch at my local farmstand! 

This recipe makes a large quantity but can easily be adjusted for any amount you have.  Read on after the menu for my modifications.

Roasted Green Beans and Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • 4 cups green snap beans, trimmed
  • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatos, cut in half or quartered if large.
  • 1/4 cup basil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp table salt, or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, or more to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450ºF. Coat a large roasting pan with olive oil. 
  • Place green beans in a single layer in prepared pan and brush with olive oil. Roast until desired doneness, stirring once or twice, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of basil, garlic, salt and pepper; set aside.
  • When green beans are finished, remove from oven and spoon tomato mixture into pan; toss thoroughly. Serve hot, room temperature or chilled, topped with remaining 2 tablespoons of basil. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

Things I changed:

  • Added a sprinkle of salt to the green beans before roasting.
  • I used a mix of whole peppercorns in a grinder instead of straight black pepper
  • Use any tomatoes you have on hand.  I used yellow grape and small red.  If you have regular large tomatoes, just cut them into chunks
  • Added the tomato mix to the green beans in the oven for the last two minutes.  This warms the tomatoes, garlic and basil and releases some yummy juices.
  • Pour it all in a bowl, toss and serve.  Sprinkle with remaining  basil.

One other thing you will need – a great loaf of bread to sop up all that yummy juice!  Enjoy!

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