With summer here, I thought it would be fun to focus on one of my favorite summer activities: get-togethers. It’s the perfect time of year to whip up food and enjoy time with your favorite people. In honor of this, I’ve created four different menus, for four different occasions, that I’ll be sharing over the next month. First up, one of my favorite get-togethers: game night! We love playing strategic, night-long games which means good food is a must. I have four recipes to share over the next week (sneak peak on instagram) including these roasted green beans:
Olive Pizza with Red Onions
Herb White Bean Dip
One of my favorite pizza places has an entree of garlicky green beans and I decided to take it a step further and toss roasted green beans with romesco sauce (which may look familiar from this pizza I just posted). The green beans make for a perfect pizza side dish and it’s a bit different from the traditional salad that I usually serve with pizza.
Roasted Green Beans with Romesco
Roasted green beans make for a lovely summer side dish, especially when tossed with a flavorful romesco sauce.
- 1/2 pound green beans ends trimmed
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/3 cup romesco sauce
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- Minced parsley for topping
- Preheat oven to 400˚ F.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and add green beans, blanching for 3 to 4 minutes. Green beans will be bright green and just tender. Drain and place in a roasting pan. Toss with olive oil and roast until green beans start to blister, 20-25 minutes.
- Once the beans are done, remove from oven and toss with romesco sauce. Top with almonds and minced parsley before serving.
Roasted Green Beans
These roasted green beans are one of my favorite summer side dishes because it’s minimal ingredients and the romesco sauce is flavorful/easy to whip together. The most tedious part is trimming the ends- but it’s great if you have help! A few other options:
Grains: Serve atop cooked grains like sorghum, farro, or spelt. I like a heartier grain to pair with the green beans, similar to this roasted green bean recipe.
Make it a Meal: I’m forever trying to turn side dishes into mains. A couple easy options for this: add grains from above with an hard boiled egg or chickpeas..
Cooking: Less an ingredient variation and more of a different way to cook- I’ll blanch the green beans but instead of roasting, I’ll stick them on a grill pan and place over the hot grill. Perfect for those nights you do not want to heat up the house with the oven!
Green beans are a summer treat in my kitchen. You won’t find canned or flavorless green beans here. I love using green beans in salads, grain bowls, and now as a finger food for the little guy. A few other ways I love green beans: