Turkish Green Beans (Zeytinyağlı Taze Fasulye)
1 pound of fresh grean beans or
1 pack of frozen green beans (either french style, my favorite, or italian cut)
1 big onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, sliced or chopped
2 big fresh tomatoes, finely chopped, grated, or blended or 1 can of petite diced tomatoes
1/4 tsp sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup hot water
1/8 tsp ground cumin
pepper/ crushed pepper
1 tbsp tomato paste
-If you're using fresh green beans clean and trim them to 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces.
-Heat the olive oil in a pan and cook the chopped onions and garlic until lightly brown.
-If you want tu use tomato paste add it at this point and stir for a min.
-Add the beans and stir them until they slightly change color (app. 6-8 mins).
-Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 mins and then add sugar (cumin and pepper), water, and salt. -Cover the pan and cook with low heat until the beans are soft (30 mins with frozen beans - 45 mins with fresh ones).
If you have a pressure cooker, after adding everything cook it for 15 minutes on mediumm.
This is traditionally served cold, but it's good when it's warm too.