Okra and Green Beans

Course : Vegetables
Serves: 6
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Ingredients:

3/4 pound fresh okra, uncut
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons Vinegar (optional)
1 medium onion, diced
3/4 pound fresh green beans
2 large garlic cloves, crushed then chopped
1 cup water
2 tablespoons salt and freshly ground pepper
6 ounce tomato paste
 

Preparation / Directions:

1. Wash okra pods, trim stems, do not remove caps. If desired soak okra in vinegar for 30 minutes to remove some of the stickiness. Rinse well and drain. Wash beans and cut into 3 inch lengths. Combine water, tomato paste, olive oil, onion, garlic, salt and pepper in a sauce pan and mix well.

2. Heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comet to boil. Add okra and beans and additional water if necessary to almost cover vegetables.

3. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer gently until vegetables are crisp-tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

Note: This dish tastes even better after refrigerating overnight. The flavors blend into a wonderful taste sensation. Serve it warm or cold. This dish can also be oven-baked. Instead of simmering, lightly cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350°F.


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