Thursday, May 15, 2014

Goat Cheese Garlic Salsa Green Beans - 52 Side Dishes from the Grill

This is a delightful change of pace side dish.  Of course this can easily be made for your usual run of the mill indoor dinner party.  But it takes on extra charm when made as part of an outdoor summer BBQ/Grilling meal.

This has an advantage that make serving this as a BBQ side dish a perfect combination.  Most of the time consuming work is done in advance (the Roasted Garlic Tomato Salsa).  The actual cooking is fast.  Only a couple of minutes in a grill pan and the beans are cooked through yet still have that snap of al Dente.  This time is usually the same amount of time that it takes to "rest" whatever meat you are cooking as the main course prior to slicing (of course you know that "resting" meat between cooking an slicing for serving allows the meat to relax and allow the juices to redistribute... A vital step in successful grilling).

The goat cheese adds a snappy texture/taste to the dish.  The salsa adds a delicious mix of tastes that when combined with the HOT Green Beans melts into an all new LOADED WITH FLAVOR Combination that will leave your guests coming back for seconds.

OK... here's What I did...

Goat Cheese Garlic Tomato Salsa Green Beans

  • 1 Pound Green Beans, sliced to about 2 inch pieces
  • 1 Cup Roasted Garlic Tomato Salsa (Can substitute your favorite store bought chunky Salsa or another fresh made Salsa of your choice)
  • 6 Ounces Goat Cheese, divided into 12 pieces, each piece stretched thin, size of a silver dollar
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • A Healthy pinch each Salt and Pepper
Cooking Directions
  1. You will need a grill pan to make this outside on a grill (you know, one of those pans with a bunch of holes in it).
  2. Slice the Beans, put in a mixing bowl and coat with the Olive oil and the pinch of Salt and Pepper. Stir to mix and coat thoroughly.
  3. Pour the Oil coated beans into the grill pan and place over direct heat. Stir occasionally so all pieces have a chance to heat thoroughly. Beans are cooked in 4-8 minutes depending on how well you like them cooked. the longer, the less snap and crispness they have. Leave on long enough for a few to get charred on the edges for extra layers of flavor, texture and color.
  4. Remove from the heat, the oil coating the beans will have a light sizzling sound.
  5. Immediately pour these into a wide open serving bowl, drop the Goat Cheese medallions onto the HOT Beans.
  6. Add dollops of the Salsa, covering part of each medallion and a bit of the beans.
  7. Serve quickly as the cheese will start to melt soon.
  8. Serve HOT and ENJOY!


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