Loubieh bi Zait (green beans with olive oil)
Occasionally you may find yourself staring at the usual, boring assortment of side dishes and vegetables wondering what you could possibly do different.
Loubieh bi Zait is a popular Lebanese vegetarian dish generally eaten in season, as most vegetable and fruit dishes should be. It can add a fresh take on you veggie side dishes and give some really great flavor to what can sometimes be a very boring dish. This version does not have tomatoes in it, but add them to add a bit of acidity and color.
Let us know how it turns out!
- 1 large bag of frozen whole green beans (by all means if you have fresh green beans use it)
- 2 onions chopped
- 6 cloves garlic
- ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 2tsp Lebanese 7-spices (equal parts of powder ginger, fenugreek powder, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, and all spice)
- 1tsp salt or to taste
- Defrost green beans or if they are fresh wash and remove stems.
- chop onions then saute them in olive oil and salt in a pan deep enough to hold all the green beans. Saute in medium heat till the onions are soft and almost threatening to brown. Prox 10 min.
- add the green beans, a little more salt and 1tsp 7-spices, mix well. Let green bean simmer for 25 min stirring occasionally.
- When the green beans are done it will be fairly dark. Turn off the heat and sprinkle the rest of the 7 spice and mix before serving.
- Serve hot or cold but I prefer just room temperature.