Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Green bean tapas



I like this recipe because Green bean bundles are wrapped in serrano ham (or proscuitto), crisped in a pan, then dressed simply with sherry vinegar (or balsamic) plus a little cracked pepper. That's really about it!

Don't bother dropping lots of money on top-quality ham. Since you're going to cook it, it would be a waste to shell out a bunch of cash. This is probably not an issue if you live in Spain. When I went to Spain, I discovered that you can buy jamon serrano pretty much anywhere. I mean, you can walk into any gas station and get jamon serrano plus a jar of tasty olives. About half the pictures of my Spain trip are of ham. Look!

This one was in some random bar. Just a regular bar, but they have ham hanging off of every surface.
Ham on a stick!
Ham
HAM
OH MY GOD I WANT TO MOVE TO SPAIN SO MUCH

Err...I digress.


GREEN BEAN TAPAS
Servings variable; 20 beans + 1 slice of ham = 2 bundles

INGREDIENTS

  • About 10 oz green beans (I used a bag of pre-prepped mixed green and yellow beans from Trader Joe's)
  • Package of serrano ham or prosciutto
  • Olive oil
  • Sherry vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Coarse salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pre-cook your green beans. Mine came in a microwaveable bag so I just nuked them according to the directions. Alternately, blanch them in boiling salted water until just tender.
  2. Cut each slice of ham in half lengthwise. Roll up about ten beans in each ham slice half. You may use more or less beans depending on their thickness.
  3. Heat a bit of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Cook the bundles for 1-2 minutes on each side, until ham starts to crisp.
  4. Drizzle the beans with vinegar and top with salt and pepper

3 comments:

Andrew McAllister said...

Even with the ham, that looks amazingly healthy!

Lynlee said...

Ha ha my Spain pictures also mostly involve ham...and manchego, ham, olives, ham, wine, and HAM

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