Charred Green Beans w/Almond Marjoram Pesto (Italian)

Ready in 45 minutes


2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup fresh marjoram leaves; or use oregano leaves
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup blanched almonds; sliced
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil; plus 2 tablespoons
2 lbs fresh young green beans; trimmed
5 cloves garlic; halved
1 small fresh hot chili; cored, seeded & minced or 1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar

Original recipe makes 1 Serving



1. First, make the pesto: Combine the garlic, marjoram, basil & salt in a food processor. Process until chopped. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil in a thin stream. Add the almonds & pulse to form a smooth paste. Taste for seasoning, then set aside. (This pesto will keep for 1 week in the fridge if the surface is covered with a layer of oil.)

2. Heat a 12 inch to 14 inch cast-iron skillet over high heat. When it's hot enough to evaporate a bead of water, swirl 3 tablespoons of the oil around in the skillet. Add half of the green beans & sauté them for several minutes, stirring constantly, until they are just tender & starting to turn dark brown in spots. This should look & feel like a stir-fry.

3. Transfer the beans to a plate, but keep the pan on the heat. Repeat with the remaining beans & set them aside.

4. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet. Add the garlic & chili. Cook for about 1 minute. Add the vinegar & the sugar. Let it sputter for 10 seconds. Then return the still-warm beans to the skillet & stir until they are coated & hot.

5. To serve, spread a thin layer of the almond pesto on a platter. Then pile the beans up & spoon more pesto over the top. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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