Let it be said first that green beans are not in season at the moment. I know, I know. The good news is that pesto is super versatile and could be slathered on any vegetable you like. It makes a nice dip for radish dredging, can be diluted with more olive oil and a squirt of lemon for a pesto-y dressing on salad greens and would be the perfect cloak for those first of season sugar snap peas.
Now that I've tasted the beans with eggs, I'm going to make a double batch of the pesto next time. It was really the pesto that danced so nicely with the eggs. Stir it into a scramble, slather it on toast for a fried egg sandwich, or drizzle over your side of breakfast potatoes.
• Tune in tomorrow, Friday March 9, to see the segment on Martha Stewart Show.You'll see me all lit up under the lights, with my hands dirty, stinking of fish and garlic, in my happiest place: the cooking place. How did I make it through? Probably powered by those beans and poached egg.
Green Beans with Almond Pesto serves 6-8 Sea salt 1/2 pound haricots verts or slender green beans, trimmed 1 large clove garlic 1 cup lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/3 cup blanched almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped Have ready a large bowl of ice water. Bring a large saucepan three-fourths full of generously salted water to a boil over high heat. Drop in the beans all at once and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and immediately plunge the beans into ice water. Set aside. In a food processor or blender, combine the garlic, parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and process until the parsley is finely chopped. With the machine running, add the olive oil in a slow steady stream and process until a smooth purée forms. Add the almonds and pulse until finely chopped and the pesto is a uniform coarse purée. Drain the beans and pat dry. Put them in a large bowl, add the pesto, and toss to coat evenly. Arrange the beans on a serving platter or in a bowl and serve at room temperature. Serve with a poached egg, if desired. See instructions here for poaching an egg: • How to Poach an Egg: The Video • How To Poach an Egg in the Microwave • Perfectly Poached: Some Tips and Tricks for Poaching Eggs• Buy the Book: Good Food to Share: Recipes for Entertaining with Family & Friends by Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan with photographs by Ray Kachatorian, $19.47 at Amazon. (Images: Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan) Recipe reprinted with permission from Weldon-Owen, a division of Bonnier.