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Green Bean Tartine 
Jun. 9, 2010 6:35 am 
Updated: Jun. 24, 2010 7:53 am
Isn't it great when suddenly you like a food that you thought you hated? For me- green beans. Yuck. I probably haven't touched them since...well, probably since I was a kid and couldn't leave the table until I finished all my veggies. Oh, I do eat green bean casserole at Thanksgiving, but mostly just the french fried onion top!

Husband has been asking for beans for dinner, so a couple weeks ago I picked up a few and roasted them with red potatoes. Amazingly, they tasted just like asparagus (which I love). This must have been a fluke though because I really hate green beans, right?

It has been about a million degrees with no breeze here on the island, so all I wanted for dinner last night was vegetables, and set out to find whatever was least expensive. I ended up with a bunch of green beans (and beets and a cabbage and mushrooms), so I made a green bean tartine. I made an asparagus and goat cheese tartine a couple weeks ago - it was delicious and easy and no cleanup because it is cooked in a foil packet! So this is what I did:

Start with a piece of foil maybe a foot long. Fold it in half and then unfold it, and make a little box with one half. Lightly oil with olive oil and place whatever bread you have on the bottom. I used leftover wheat for one and rye for the other.

Combine all your vegetables with about a cup of chicken (or vegetable) broth, along with a couple tablespoons balsamic and salt and pepper. I used green beans, cabbage, mushrooms, red onions, and beets. See my last post for how NOT to cook a beet. This time I boiled them.

Pile all the vegetables on top of the bread. Combine a couple eggs with about a quarter cup of your broth, and pour it on top. Sprinkle some panko and lay a sprig of rosemary on top.

Seal the packet and bake at 400 for 30 minutes.

Top with goat cheese. Eat every last bite. Throw away the foil. Done!

My budget ($105 for the week) was a little off this week because we popped up to Ft Lauderdale for a long weekend, and I don't do the food budget while we are on vacation. (Whenever I come in under budget for the week I put the extra into Vacation Fund, so I feel ok about spending more while on vacation. So it all works out.)

Before we left we had to finish whatever was in the fridge, and I think the highlight was pulled pork made from a tenderloin, served with coleslaw. The tenderloin went into the slow cooker with a can of root beer and a little balsamic. I made a BBQ sauce with pureed mango, honey, and cayenne...I loved it, T thought it would be better on chicken since it wasn't a "real" BBQ sauce.

The highlight from our weekend away was a portobello bruschetta we had at a brick-oven pizza place. Really tasty and interesting because it wasn't served on bread which I always thought was necessary for bruschetta (am I uninformed?) I do have to say the size of the portions everywhere we ate were ridiculously huge (and our servers told us that yes, most people eat it all)...I guess no wonder so many Americans are overweight!

Ok, I just realized our tartines were ridiculously huge and we ate every bite (but veggies don't count, right?).

Anyway, hope everyone has a great week!
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Jun. 9, 2010 7:09 am
Good blog! For me, the hated veggies was asparagas! Now I love it, especially grilled.
Jun. 9, 2010 7:11 am
Veggies never count! I would love this. I just wish Grumpy weren't so picky. I think you can make bruschetta out out most anything...but its normally made with bread. :) The portabello bruschetta sounds yummy.
Jun. 9, 2010 8:33 am
Great blog. I'll have to try this sometime - looks great, though I'll skip the cabbage. That's my "yuck".
Jun. 9, 2010 8:47 am
Well I'm a fan of all the veggies and I think it sounds great. I love the goat cheese addition too. Nice job and nice way to clean up the leftover odds and ends.
Jun. 9, 2010 9:22 am
Wow, I would never think to add the eggs. I'm going to google Tartine, I'm not even sure what that is. Thanks for the blog, my fav quick, easy & no clean-up!
Jun. 9, 2010 11:01 am
Sorry but you lost me at the beets. Yes, I've hated them forever. Yes, I give them a go once every 5 yrs or so to see if I still hate them. Answer's, yes. Love green beans might have to try your recipe w/o the beets. Nice blog!
Jun. 9, 2010 12:16 pm
I was wondring when you would post your blog and, yet again, you didn't disappoint at all. I happen to love tartines and you're absolutely mess to clean up! Great blog, Barbara!!
Jun. 9, 2010 1:21 pm
The tartine looks so good. Hope you had a great vacation.
Jun. 9, 2010 2:19 pm
that looks great, going to check out tartine now too. It's funny how things we hated as kids improved in flavour-must be the hybrid veggies they are creating all the time:)
Jun. 9, 2010 2:26 pm
The definition of tartine is basically an open faced sandwich. This is what she created with the bread layer first and then the toppings on it. Another tartine that you might all be familiar with is pizza. It too is a form of it. Sorry to but in Barb, but I happened to be in the neighborhood and several people had questions. :)
Jun. 9, 2010 2:27 pm
oh, that should have been *butt* in, not but.....and I pride myself on my grammar....oh well.
Jun. 9, 2010 3:09 pm
Avon- thanks for the clarification on tartine! I have not looked up the definition myself, but when I made the asparagus one a couple weeks ago, it was from my Vegetarian Times magazine, and that's what they titled it! Greta, I appreciate the compliment, but I do love WitchyWoman's blog and definitely would NOT say she rips me off! We do have in common that we both cook in a very small space, but I love that every week she brings us a new cuisine from around the world! I'm just stuck writing about lobster all the time! LOL :)
Jun. 9, 2010 3:59 pm
Will you marry me, or maybe adopt me? Lobster? All the time? Just the thought of it makes me all... Crud! - I need to go out for a smoke. BRB
Jun. 9, 2010 4:31 pm
LOL, Mominator!! Barbara that looks so good, I'll have to try it. I would have never thought of mixing green beans, cabbage and beets but as I think about it it sounds like they would compliment each other wonderfully.
Jun. 10, 2010 11:03 am
Barbara, I envy your life style. Great blog.
Jun. 10, 2010 3:24 pm
Nicely done. I may have to scrounge some beats, one of these days!
Jun. 22, 2010 6:45 am
Terrific job with the step-by-step photos Barb! Sadly it is my husband who hates beets, so I only have 'em when we eat out :-(. Used to hate green beans AND asparagus as a child and now I adore both. And cabbage is a favorite, but always has been, for me.
Jun. 24, 2010 7:51 am
Dang it, Barb! Here I was perfectly content, read your blog, and had to go bust out a jar of 9:30 in the morning at that! I do love your blogs, but often miss them because I forget to check for new ones, so for me, it really would be great if you posted reminders!
Jun. 24, 2010 7:53 am
Oh, and Greta, your coolio is showing. ;)
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