Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Green Beans and Tomatoes

Garden fresh green beans and tomatoes stewed down with sweet Vidalia onion, brown sugar and seasonings.

Green Beans and Tomatoes

I just love this time of year when fresh garden produce is in abundance and so flavorful, and green beans are right up there as one of my top favorite summer vegetables.

Freshly picked, it has such a distinct texture and flavor over any frozen or canned product, though I've certainly used my share of both of those too, and either will work here as well. When summer rolls around though, beans are one backyard garden staple I almost always plant. They grow well, provide a generous crop and are easy enough to put up in the freezer, if you aren't interested in canning what you don't manage to consume.


Cook them whole, French them, or simply cut them up and they're great all on their own whether boiled, steamed or stir-fried. Pair them up with some sweet Vidalia onion and fresh garden tomatoes though, add a bit of brown sugar and a few seasonings, and you've got one side that will shine with just about any meal. You can do without peeling the tomatoes if you like and pick out any pesky skin that refuses to get tender, or you can just get one of these gadgets - a soft skin peeler. Seriously, it's my newest favorite kitchen tool! Makes a perfect peel for a tomato rose too. Wish I would have thought to make one for y'all.


I hope you'll give these fresh green beans and tomatoes a try. As simple as it seems, the flavor combination is outstanding. I'm just real glad that they've managed to breed the stringing task out of them.

Here's how to make them.

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Recipe: Green Beans and Tomatoes

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 12 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds of green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 cup of chopped Vidalia onion
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 2 cups of tomatoes, peeled and chopped, juices retained
  • 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning, or to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions

Trim the ends off and cut green beans into thirds, cutting on the diagonal; set aside. Heat olive oil and butter in a large lidded skillet over medium high heat. Saute onion until tender, add garlic and cook another minute. Add tomatoes, with their juices, and the brown sugar and cook until tomatoes are softened. Add the green beans and water, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, cover and cook, about 10 to 12 minutes or until beans reach desired tenderness, stirring occasionally. Season with Italian seasoning, Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper; taste and adjust. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes: If you've got fresh herbs in your garden too, by all means substitute those for the Italian seasoning. When fresh tomatoes and green beans are not in season, substitute frozen green beans and canned tomatoes.

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27 comments:

  1. That looks and sounds delicious!!!

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  2. Yum! Garden fresh green beans just can't be beat, and when paired with tomatoes too, well, that's all I need for a great meal. Yours look fantastic Mary, and I can't wait for some ripe tomatoes to make this!

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    1. We have really been enjoying the tomatoes this season Lynda!

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  3. Oh, how I love fresh green beans from the garden. I did not grow any this time because we have so many rabbits, and they eat them down to the nub!

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    1. I bet they do! We don't have a problem with rabbits here. Possums, squirrels, racoons, turtles, stray cats, LOTS of birds but no rabbits. Well, so far LOL!!

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  4. Oh my, my mouth is watering just looking at this picture! Love fresh green beans and tomatoes, but I've never cooked them together. That's going to change this week though..I've got to try this recipe!

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  5. that sounds so good -- sometimes the simple things are the best things! thanks!

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  6. I absolutely love okra and stewed 'maters so I bet this will rock my world too.

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  7. Fresh green beans are the best! I'm always up for a new recipe. Haven't done them like this Mary. Will be n the menu this week without doubt. Added to my recipe box, I love that thing@
    Off to finish my newest Granita...

    Have a wonderful week Mary!

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    1. I love them Kathy - enjoy that granita! :)

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  8. Stewed tomatoes and okra was a common supper in our house. I do like the change with the greens beans. this looks so savory!

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    1. This is such a great combo too - hope you try it Katherine! They are just perfect together. I love okra, but the Cajun won't eat okra and tomatoes. He will eat this though - go figure huh?!

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  9. I cook green beans and tomatoes together but have never added sugar. I'll have to try that.

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    1. The sugar kind of offsets the acidity from the tomatoes - I usually add some whenever I cook with fresh tomatoes. Enjoy!

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  10. I wanted to let you know that I liked my blog entry to your geren beans and tomatoes post because I made something similar except I also had pork chops with it. I like green beans with tomato sauce (and ground beef combined) and I like green beans with marinara sauce (served in restaurants in our area). I had frozen fresh green beans just this week and decided to do something with them and some pork chops I had. Turned out really good! I also grew up on green beans cooked with potatoes and ham. It's a great one pot meal!

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    1. I just think the two go together so well, don't you?! Bet that meal was delish!!

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  11. "linked" - my keyboard is acting up.

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  12. I made a canned vegetables version of this tonight, and surprisingly it was pretty good! I had never thought of combining tomatoes with green beans, but with some good seasonings it all comes together so well. Fresh vegetables are always best, can't wait to try it with them, and frozen. Thanks for sharing, it's a definite keeper!

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    1. It really is a great combination isn't it? I'm so glad you enjoyed it and when you get some fresh green beans you are gonna love it!! Thanks so much for taking the time to pop back by and let me know - I really appreciate that!

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  13. Girl I thought you were a Southern cook! (Just Kidding lol). I grew up eating green beans that were cooked to the hilt but I have learned to like them crisp tender as well. 12 minutes for fresh green beans is not enough. I found fresh green beans in the grocery store. I had to cook them for 35 to 40 minutes to get them crisp tender and then my tomatoes were mostly cooked down (and I used Roma tomatoes they hold their shape better than most other tomatoes). They were still good though. I have a similar recipe that uses canned green beans and a can of tomatoes, fresh chopped onion and Italian seasoning so I wanted to try these with fresh beans and fresh tomatoes (and the brown sugar and Cajun seasoning). They were good. I dunno maybe use canned beans and fresh tomatoes? Or cook the beans some before adding them to the pan? I had this recipe and your Chicken Fried Steak with Peppered Gravy with mashed potatoes. It was yummy!

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    1. LOL Kilyena, now you know I do that version that cooks them to death too, but really the ones I made with this recipe really did only take that amount of time I swear! They were quite fresh summer beans though and once I bring them to a boil, I cover them so the time doesn't start until that. This dish is more heavy green bean than tomatoes so they should cook down pretty good anyway - sounds like yours were about right! I wrote this recipe in the summer so I used fresh beans and tomatoes - a regular summer tomato is a bit more "juicy" than the Romas are also - but you certainly can make this dish with canned beans and canned tomatoes and it's very good!

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  14. I guess store bought green beans are tougher. I'm sure straight from the garden would always be best.

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    1. Probably depends on the season I'd guess. The first time I saw fresh green beans in the middle of winter I was so surprised! Have no idea where they came from, so their travels across the world may matter too.

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