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!|
|OH MY GOD I WANT TO MOVE TO SPAIN SO MUCH|
GREEN BEAN TAPAS
Servings variable; 20 beans + 1 slice of ham = 2 bundles
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Drizzle the beans with vinegar and top with salt and pepper