Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Garlic and Rosemary Haricot Verts

Haricot Verts have to be in my top 5 favorite vegetable list. These slim French green beans are truly popular in France too. Last October, I was on a mission to actually have Haricot Verts while in France. Well, apparently the French were too. Each morning, we'd go to the boulangerie to get pastries for breakfast then stop in to the épicerie, only to find that by the early time that we would get there, that they had sold out for the day. Lucky for me, these gems have been turning up at My Mother's Garden at my local Farmer's Market. Morton's Market prepare them in my all time favorite, with garlic, rosemary, and red new potatoes. This is my attempt to recreate their recipe. Tonight I made them to go with Mireille's Summer Potato Gratin from Patricia Well's The Provence Cookbook. More on that later, yum!First I boiled for 4 to 5 minutes, testing after 4 minutes as you don't want them too soft. Drain, then rinse with cold water to stop further cooking.
Once drained, I crushed one clove of garlic, chopped one sprig of rosemary, a drizzle of olive oil, a pinch of sea salt, and a good sprinkling of fresh pepper. Sauté for 2 minutes to release the flavors of the rosemary and garlic.

You could add cooked new potatoes to this stage too. They had some gorgeous fingerling potatoes at the market too. If only i had been thinking ahead!
(Follow up a week later:) Well, it was a good excuse to get them the following weekend and make this lovely dish again!

Bon Appétit!


Michelle said...

Oh yum and so colorful! Hey, I went to that Hoosier's Mama's ADORABLE!! You are so right..definitely ME. Wish it were closer to me! Then again, probably not..I'd get fat. I just love their graphics!! Thanks for pointing that out. :)

beauty meets budget said...

This recipe sounds fantastic! I think I'll try it this weekend. The potato gratin looks delicious too.

Charlotte said...

Everything looks so delicious on your blog!! Please teach me to cook next time I come to Sarasota!!

gina said...

yummy! I love Mortons market and fingerling potatoes but have never tried these green beans.

Noodlegirl said...

Oh I love french beans! I want to try and make that pasta one day!

No I have not gone to the winery yet I got to get my butt there soon! When I do so I will take pics!

Amy J said...

Thanks Ladies! :-) I made them again last night with potatoes, so will add that photo to this post soon.

Charlotte ~ would love to teach you a few recipes the next time you're in Sarasota. Maybe in exchange for some gardening or photography tips!?!?

Noodlegirl: Yes, please get your butt to the winery. I'm eagerly awaiting photos! :-)