Toni’s Italian green beans                         Aug 2017

Here the beans are cooked first in salted water then tossed in a combination of olive oil, anchovy, garlic and bread crumbs. You can serve these beans warm or at room temperature. They are eaten slightly softer so they melt in the mouth, they are a treat with grilled meat or BBQ.

For 6 people you will need

•    1 kilo of green beans

•    3 ml extra virgin olive oil

•    5 cloves peeled garlic

•    8 anchovy filets

•    85g fine breadcrumbs

•    Sea salt

How to make:

Try and buy the beens as thin as you can if they are too fay cut them down the middle.

Bring a large pan of salted water to boil, add the beans. Cook for about 10 minuets you want them cooked a little more than you would normally.

In a large sauté pan pour in the olive oil. Add the garlic cloves, peeled but not chopped.

Cook the garlic until the garlic becomes fragrant and begins to colour.

Add anchovies, cook for one minuet, and then add drained beans.

Make sure the pan is hot enough and continue to stir coating the beans. Keep this up for about 2 or 3 minuets then add the breadcrumbs.

Continue to stir, while the breadcrumbs take on all the flavours of the garlic and anchovy and coat the beans in a rich, thick sauce.

Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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