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String Beans With Tomatoes Recipe

String Beans With Tomatoes Recipe:

History of the Recipe:
String beans with tomatoes is a delightful dish that has been enjoyed for generations. It is believed to have originated in Mediterranean countries, where both string beans and tomatoes are commonly grown. These two ingredients are a perfect match, creating a flavorful and nutritious dish that is loved by many.

Fun Facts:
- String beans are also known as green beans or snap beans.
- String beans are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as fiber and antioxidants.
- Tomatoes are technically a fruit, but they are often classified as a vegetable due to their culinary uses.
- Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that has been linked to numerous health benefits.
- This dish can be enjoyed as a side dish or a main course when served with rice or pasta.

Ingredients:
- 1 pound fresh string beans, ends cut off and strings removed, broken into 1-inch pieces
- 3-4 large potatoes, cut into squares
- 4 large tomatoes, cut up
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup milk

Instructions:

1. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Add the string beans and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Drain the beans and set them aside.

2. In the same pot, add fresh water from the kettle and bring it to a boil. Add the cubed potatoes, tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 10-15 minutes.

3. In a small skillet or spider, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour until well combined and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.

4. Gradually add milk to the skillet while stirring continuously. Cook until the mixture thickens, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.

5. Add the cooked string beans to the pot with the potatoes and tomatoes. Pour the butter and milk mixture over the vegetables and stir gently to combine.

6. Return the pot to the stove and heat over low heat for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until the dish is heated through.

7. Serve the string beans with tomatoes as a side dish or main course. It pairs well with rice, pasta, or crusty bread.

Similar Recipe Dishes:
If you enjoyed string beans with tomatoes, you might want to try these similar recipe dishes:

- Italian-style Green Beans: Sautee fresh green beans with garlic, olive oil, and diced tomatoes. Season with Italian herbs and spices for a flavorful twist.
- Greek-Style Green Beans: Cook green beans in a tomato-based sauce with onions, garlic, and herbs like oregano and dill. This dish is often served with feta cheese.
- Tomato and Green Bean Salad: Blanch string beans and cool them down with ice water. Toss them with cherry tomatoes, red onions, and a tangy vinaigrette for a refreshing salad.
- Ratatouille: This classic French dish combines tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, and other vegetables. It can be served as a main course with crusty bread or as a side dish.

No matter which similar recipe dish you choose, you'll be sure to enjoy the flavors of fresh vegetables and tomatoes. String beans with tomatoes is a versatile dish that can be customized to suit your tastes and preferences. Bon appétit!

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