When it comes to dinner, you can never go wrong with a vegetable dish. Or even two. As summer comes to a close and the long days begin disappearing, make sure to enjoy as many meals with family as is possible.
And trust me here, it is not the food that makes these gatherings so memorable (although good food is never the wrong dish!) it is those around the table, that make the meal special. That was true in the beginning of time and is still true today.
We were given a picking of green beans from the daughter and son-in-law's garden, those beans will be on our table tonight. Braised with tomatoes, garlic, and thyme. The only thing that would make them taste better, would be if we were sharing with family.
|Home canned tomatoes combine with green beans from the garden in a delicious vegetable braised dish.|
This is more a process than a recipe, feel free to add any other herbs you might wish to include. Below are the process and measurements I used. We still had home canned tomatoes to use, making this even more enjoyable.
|Braised Green Beans and Tomatos with Garlic and Thyme|
Braised Green Beans with Tomatoes Garlic and Thyme
by the seat of my pants
2 pounds green beans, washed with the stem ends removed
2 pints canned tomatoes
1 head garlic, peeled, with the cloves left intact
1/2 t salt
fresh ground pepper
1 bay leaf
1 t thyme leaves, crumbled in the palm of your hand
1-2 t brown sugar (don't leave this out, you beans will not be sweet)
1/2 c white wine, water, or bone stock (you will only need this if your tomatoes seem dry)
2 T butter
Place beans in a flat pan suitable for braising. Scatter the garlic over the beans.
Season with the salt, pepper, thyme and brown sugar. Cover with tomatoes, pour the wine around the edge of the pan.
Stir gently to combine ingredients.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and let braise 1 1/2 hours.
To serve, remove beans to a serving platter. Add the butter to the pan liquid, bring to a boil and reduce to a sauce, check flavor and adjust salt if needed, pour over beans before serving.
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