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Lebanese Braised Green Beans

40 minutes

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Lebanese Braised Green Beans

The Lebanese dish called loubieh bil zeit, or green beans in olive oil, typically is prepared with flat, sturdy runner beans. The beans are braised until tender in a tomato sauce that’s sometimes seasoned with a mix of spices but always enriched with a glug of olive oil. For our version, we opted for easier-to-find standard green beans, and made a seasoning blend with a few common spices. We got the most flavor out of canned whole tomatoes by crushing and cooking them until thick and jammy, and using some of their juices as the cooking liquid for the beans.

4

Servings

Tip

Don’t forget to reserve the tomatoes and 1 cup of their juices separately because they are added at different times during cooking.

40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1

    teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1

    teaspoon ground coriander

Directions

  1. 01
    In a small bowl, stir together the cumin, coriander, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon pepper.
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