Green beans and romesco sauce
This sauce is absolutely divine and is fabulous with freshly picked green beans, straight from the garden.
*Recipe from Riverstone Kitchen Simple by Bevan Smith. Published by Harper Collins Publishers, New Zealand.
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|2||large ripe tomatoes, cut in half|
|1||Red chilli, seeds removed|
|1||Garlic cloves, peeled|
|200 ml||Olive oil|
|1||Red capsicum, roasted, skin and seeds removed|
|3 slices||Ciabatta bread|
|¼ cup||Roasted hazelnuts, peeled and crushed|
|2 tbsp||Red wine vinegar|
|350 g||Green beans, trimmed|
|1 to taste||Salt & freshly ground pepper|
- Heat oven to 180 degC.
- To make romesco sauce, place tomatoes, chilli and garlic on a baking paper-lined oven tray and drizzle with 50ml olive oil.
- Roast for 10–15 minutes until vegetables are soft and just starting to colour.
- Remove from oven and place in a food processor with roasted capsicum. Blend until smooth.
- Lightly toast ciabatta, add half to the vegetables and pulse to combine.
- Place sauce in a small stainless steel bowl, then mix in hazelnuts, remaining olive oil and red wine vinegar.
- Season to taste with a little salt and pepper, and set aside.
- Bring a medium-sized pot of water to the boil over a high heat.
- Add beans and blanch for 40–50 seconds.Remove beans from pot, drain and place in a serving bowl.
- Roughly tear remaining toasted ciabatta and scatter over beans before topping with romesco sauce and serve immediately.