Runner beans are one of those crops it is quite easy to have glut of - even you’re just growing a pot or two. Delicious as they are, you have to work out what to do with them all!
So I’m always on the look out for new runner bean recipes. One we’ve been enjoying recently involves roasting them, which gives them a different, slightly nutty flavour - and makes a nice change from boiled or steamed.
I don’t have precise quantities so this is a sort of bung it in recipe:
Big handful of runner beans (strings removed if large ones)
Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
2 - 3 garlic cloves, sliced
Grated zest of one orange and juice of half an orange
Oregano (if you have it)
Put all the above (except the juice) in a roasting tin, season with salt and pepper, and roast until the beans are soft (about 20 - 30 mins), then squeeze over the orange and sprinkle over the oregano serve.
This is adapted from the Paradiso Seasons book by Denis Cotter - he uses the same ingredients but boils the beans…
What are your favourite runner bean recipes?