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How to Make Flat Beans with Tomatoes for Dinner
Little info about Flat Beans
A flat bean, also called Romano beans or Italian beans is a long bean with a wide edible pod. It usually grows on climbing vines. It’s a very common vegetable in the Netherlands and many people grow them in their garden or even on their balcony. It was common use to cut the bean into long diagonal slices before they were cooked and they use a like the one in the picture to do that. I’ve used one like that for many years. Rotary Bean Slicer
It was a very handy kitchen help, but I actually never really liked the flat beans cooked that way. So one day I decided to cut the beans in small pieces and as I very much like to sauté my vegetables, I just swiftly sautéed those beans in a frying pan in a bit of oil until they were tender. Less work and I like them a lot better that way.
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Flat Beans with Tomatoes
- 1 package Flat beans, or 2 if you are big eaters
- 4 Tomatoes, Fresh
- 2 spoons Oil, I always use Olive Oil
- a pinch of Salt
Cook Time for Flat Beans with Tomatoes
Preparing the Flat Beans
- Take the beans out of the package and cut off their head and tail with a sharp knife.
- Cut the beans into small pieces. Not to big or it will take a longer time for them to get soft and edible.
- Put the olive oil (or other oil if you don't like olive oil) in the baking pan and let it heat.
- Put in the sliced beans and stir them around with a wooden spoon until they all have been in contact with the oil. Stir them around for a few minutes and then lower the heat and put the lit on the pan and let the beans simmer for a while until they get darker and softer.
- Take the 4 or 5 tomatoes and cut them in small pieces. I never take of the skin of the tomatoes, because then they will get too mushy rather quick.
- When the beans are almost done (soft but still a bit firm) add the tomatoes and stir around carefully. When all is soft and hot, the flat beans with tomatoes are done.
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There's More for Dinner Than Only Flat Beans
Roasted Porc Chops Go Well with Flat Beans
In the Netherlands we have a slightly different way to eat our dinner than they do in the USA. We put our veggies, potatoes, and meat all in once on our plate. Even if we add a cold salad it's put on that same plate. Our portions are normally not that big, so it will all fit on that one plate.
I do like pork chops, in fact it's about the only meat I eat besides the meat of my own sheep.
For this recipe I roast them in a special way. I add some powder spices like Coriander, Cumin and Turmeric and then some soya sauce while roasting the meat in a frying pan. It gives a delicious flavor to the meat and it goes very well with the flat beans.
The meat will take longer to cook, so you have to prepare that before your start with the flat beans.
Baked Potatoes and Fres Salad
You can either bake some leftover potatoes or you can cook potatoes. Both go well with flat beans. I myself prefer baked potatoes.
I always buy some simple ready made fresh salad, because it’s cheap and tastes good. Sometimes I add a little tin of sweet corn to it. You can of course make your own salad if you want to, but don't overdo it; the main veggie is the Flat Beans with Tomatoes.
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© 2014 Titia Geertman