This Lebanese inspired dish consists of braised green beans in olive oil, garlic and tomato sauce (Loubieh Bi Zeit). Add fennel seasoned sausage crumbles for a complete and satisfying meal!
Braised dishes have a spot in my heart. The anticipation and usually long(er) wait to eat something that you have been preparing is both comforting and exciting!
Braised recipes generally brings forth a saucy dish with deeper flavors and intense aroma, an irresistible broth and complexity that I love so very much. It brings back lots of childhood memories at my Grandmother’s kitchen, when she would often braise meats and vegetables slowly for hours on end.
However, this braised green beans recipe has its origins very far away from my Grandmother’s kitchen in Brazil. This recipe is inspired by a Lebanese dish called Loubieh Bi Zeit, a dish that consists of braised green beans in olive oil, garlic and tomato sauce.
To make this braised green beans a center meal rather then a side dish, I decided to add some sausage seasoned with fennel seeds. An overall delicious due that shines together on the plate.
what is braising?
Braising is a combination of cooking methods. Typically, the food is first sautéed or seared at high temperature, then finished in a covered pot at a lower temperature while sitting in some type of liquid.
What is the purpose of braising?
Braising technique is used to tenderize large, tough cuts of meat and fibrous vegetables through low, slow cooking.
how to braise meats and vegetables?
Most braises follow the same basic steps. The food to be braised is first pan-seared to brown its surface and enhance its flavor.
If the food will not produce enough liquid of its own, a certain amount of cooking liquid that often includes an acidic element is added to the pot. Sometimes foods with high water content can be cooked in their own juices.
The food is then transferred to a slow cooking method, typically in the oven but it can be done on stove top, covered and cooked at a very low simmer until tender.
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Braised Green Beans with Tomatoes and Sausage
- 1 lb green beans, trimmed
- 4 sausages crumbled, casing removed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups 16oz tomato sauce
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Wash and trim green beans, set aside
- In a large oven safe skillet heat oil. Add onion and garlic, sauté until fragrant (2 mins)
- Add in sausage crumbled, season with salt, pepper, fennel seeds and paprika. Sauté for about 5-6 mins or until fully cooked and browned.
- Toss in green beans. Add tomato sauce and give it a quick stir. Make sure the green beans are mostly submerged in sauce.
- Cover and transfer to a pre-heated oven at 350F degreens and braise for 30 minutes.
- When done feel free to add a generous dizzle of olive oil and serve.
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