Thursday, December 3, 2009

Haricot Verts w/ Clementines & Balsamic Syrup

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This is a nice winter salad, using produce of the season.

'Tis that time of year again, when those delicious little clementines from Spain are in the markets in those wooden crates.
They have no pits and are easy to peel, and I love zesting them with a microplane.
The skin has more flavor than a plain old orange.

This recipe is based loosely on a blood orange salad in Food & Wine this month, but I decided to use clementines instead.
This was delicious.

Haricot Vert w/ Clementines & Balsamic Syrup:

2 lbs. of haricot verts (skinny French green beans)
3 clementines, peeled and cut into sections

1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup of orange juice
zest of a clementine
1 tbsp honey

In a heavy saucepan, blanch your beans for about 3 minutes and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process.

In a small pot, boil the dressing for a few minutes until it is becoming syrupy.

Arrange your green beans and clementine sections on a platter and drizzle with the balsamic orange syrup!

If you wanted to make a main dish out of this, I would happily add grilled shrimp and drizzle on the balsamic syrup.
Next time.


The Japanese Redneck said...

I've been meaning to order Haricot Vert seeds to plant in the garden. Need to get around to it. Can't find them in the stores here.

Thank looks delish.

kat said...

Oh what a wonderful side dish, I love the clementines this time of year

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Bookmarked! You always inspire me with salads that aren't just boring lettuce and bottled salad dressing.
Coming to my blog, as soon as I catch up on two weeks ago!

Karen said...

Ah, clementines - so good! After I ate the beans & clems, I'd have to lick the plate clean of that wonderful syrupy dressing!

Natalie said...

i have an overflow of clementines right now! must make this!

Colloquial Cook said...

Dang, clementines are in season here, but green beans I'll have to wait for another couple of seasons :-D
Silly time difference.

Jen_from_NJ said...

Great idea! Love it!

Lisa said...

Can't wait to try this. I love Clementines. We go through a few boxes a week.