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Roasted green beans -- a revelation!

Wow...I just made Food & Wine's Roasted Green Beans with Lemon, Pine Nuts and Parmigiano. I have never roasted green beans before and they are fabulous...and the house smells amazing (due to the garlic). Here's the recipe, paraphrased, as it's not on the website yet.

Roasted Green Beans w/Lemon, Pine Nuts, and Parmigiano
1.25 lbs. green beans, rinsed and trimmed
1 small head garlic
1/4C + 2T extra-virgin olive oil
1-1/2T grated lemon zest, divided
2T lemon juice
1t kosher salt
1/2t pepper
1/3C pine nuts
1/4C coarsely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1T coarsely chopped parsley

Put oven racks in top and bottom third positions. Heat to 450.

Put beans in large bowl. Peel garlic, slice cloves lengthwise into quarters and add to beans. Mix in 1/4C oil, 1T zest, salt, pepper. Spread evenly on rimmed baking sheet and roast on top rack 10 minutes, stirring once. Bake 10-15 minutes more until lightly browned and tender.

Spread pine nuts on another baking sheet and toast on bottom rack 5 minutes (or just toast the nuts in a frying pan).

Put beans on platter, add lemon juice and 2T oil. Toss; add more salt/pepper to tast. Sprinkle on nuts, zest, cheese and parsley. Serve hot or at room temp.

Serves 4-6

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  1. I just used the recipe for roasted green beans from the Cooks Illustrated magazine, similar to that w/ fewer ingredients, but it was great! Slighty wrinkled beans, perfect crunch. I just used olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. I'll have to try the F&W version--it sounds great.

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    1. re: chowser

      Like you chowser, I've done the CI recipe. I love it. This one looks good, but for minimal effort, the CI recipe gets you pretty far!

    2. I always try to roast my veggies. It adds a different dimension to the flavors. Served roasted green beans today, in fact! I also cook asparagus this way as well as squash! To the squash I had a splash of balsamic vinegar. AWESOME!!

      Contessa

      1. I started roasting vegetables years ago for my clients. Here's some that come out perfect:

        Brussels Sprouts
        Asparagus
        Beets
        Butternut Squash
        Green Beans
        Broccoli
        Cauliflower
        Carrots
        Red Pepper
        Eggplant
        Zucchini
        Yellow Squash
        Mushrooms
        Onions
        Potatoes

        You name it. It's easy because you can always adjust a melange to what is in season. Sliced garlic, onion rings and fresh herbs all do well, along with balsamic as mentioned above. Don't forget the white pepper!

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        1. re: personalcheffie

          I've roasted most of the veggies on your list before, but for some reason, it never occurred to me to do green beans until I saw the recipe. I love the flavor that roasting brings out in the veggies!

          1. re: wyf4lyf

            On beets, I peel them and cut them up and put them in the pan. You can also roast them whole with skins on in foil, but you don't have to do it that way. I mostly do these separately so they don't turn everything pink. I will do them with carrots, they take the same amount of time. You do have to separate your veggies by time it takes to roast.

          2. re: personalcheffie

            Radishes are also surprisingly good roasted.

          3. Oh I pulled out my green beans to follow and they were all feh and slimy. I thought they were fresher when I bought them, Then could not find the spinach I was sure was in the freezer to make creamed spinach. Did find some frozen green beans which I combined with pearl onions. Waiting for the roast to come out of the oven. Rib roast, spoon bread, carrot puree, green beans and onions, mushroom gravy, quince tarte tatin. Then a long winter's nap.

            1. Roasting green beans, or any veg, is a good way to serve veggies when you are entertaining. I crank up the oven, put the beans in when I pull the turkey out and I don't have to worry about overcooking them when I get too involved with gravy, carving and the rest of the meal. Mixing a variety of root vegetables makes a lovely presentation with any roasted or grilled main course. Roast carrots with olive oil, salt and pepper and serve with crumbled gorgonzola - my new comfort food.