By Bob Lipinski
As the weather cools, I like to cook beans, any type, for that soothing, comfort feeling inside. I like green beans because they are easy to cook, remain green, are crunchy and very versatile. Below is one of my favorite easy-to-make green bean dishes.
1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 pound pancetta, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1 small red bell pepper, sliced thin into long strips, then cut in half
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and black pepper to taste
Steam the beans for about 4 minutes or until “al dente.” Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil and sauté the pancetta until crisp, remove from pan and wipe clean. Heat olive oil and sauté garlic for 2 minutes, then add the red pepper and cook another 2 minutes. Add the beans, pancetta, and butter, then mix well and adjust seasonings. Serve immediately.
Bob’s Wine Recommendations:
Reds: A young Chianti (not necessarily Classico); Merlot; Pinot Noir
Whites: Côtes du Rhône (France); Gavi (Piedmont, Italy); Sauvignon Blanc
Bob Lipinski is the author of 10 books, including “101: Everything You Need To Know About Whiskey” and “Italian Wine & Cheese Made Simple” (available on Amazon.com). He conducts training seminars on Wine, Spirits, and Food and is available for speaking engagements. He can be reached at www.boblipinski.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org