Asparagus and Green Beans with Citrus-Garlic Oil

by Jennifer on April 13, 2011

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Memories like the corner of my mind . Yes, that song pops into my head when I think of an Asparagus-Gruyere Tart. I was first introduced to the Asparagus-Gruyere Tart when my friend Kate brought it over for my birthday celebration. I knocked her to the floor, sat on her legs and warned her to hand over the recipe ‘or else’.

Well, no that did not happen but I did invite myself over her house the next day and request the recipe. She whipped out my one of my favorite cookbooks, ‘Everyday Food – Great Food Fast’ and said it was in here. ‘Bahhh’ I belted out. ‘I have that book!’.

Flash forward three months and I was be-bopping on the phone with Ms. Vera Sweeney(bloggy peeps rawk) about boys, blogging and food when she said ‘Why don’t we pick a food, make a recipe and co-link?’ I said ‘foodi-licious-ness be done!’ and we decided to do a tart-ish type of thingy. I went ahead and made the Martha tart but then on Monday, I was making food for a family and with all of the clementines I had sitting on the counter, I knew they needed to be a part of another recipe.

That is it I thought, I am going to make an asparagus and green beans dish and use those clementine’s. Hence, I decided to share that original recipe instead of simply posting a link to Ms. Martha.

Enjoy and be sure to go drool over the Chicken, Asparagus and Feta Crepes (Yes, I said crepes) that Vera made!

Asparagus and Green Beans with Citrus-Garlic Oil (easily serves 4 as a side dish)
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Zest from one clementine
Juice from one clementine
1 clove of garlic, roughly chopped
1 bunch of asparagus, cut into 1.5-2 inch pieces (I simply just snap then where they want to break)
12 oz. green beans, frozen
salt and pepper

Directions
1. In a small pan, heat oil, clementine zest and garlic over medium high heat. As soon as the oil begins to boil or get really hot, turn it down to low. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, work in two stages*: Green Beans: I microwaved a bag of green beans that you can steam per instructions on the bag. For the asparagus: bring a pot of water to a boil and steam the asparagus for about 2-3 minutes depending on thickness.

3. Place the infused oil and fresh clementine juice in a bowl and add the greens beans and asparagus. Toss well and season. Garnish with some fresh zest if you wish.

* Alternatively, you could steam fresh green beans with the asparagus however, to avoid overcooking, add the green beans on top after the asparagus has steamed for 1 minute.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Vera @ Lady and the Blog April 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm

This was so much FUN!! Thanks for doing it with me. :) And your recipe is divine.

Jennifer April 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Thank You hon. I changed the title a bit and made more of the recipe for the photo – then I ate all of it at 11 last night.

Paula - bell'alimento April 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Swoon Asparagus! What a great recipe. Loving the clementine zest. My favorite is Asparagus cooked in a paper bag http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2011/04/12/asparagus-baked-in-a-paper-bag/

Jennifer April 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Hi Paula and thanks for coming by! I saw your goegeous asparagus recipe yesterday = yum

Brooke April 14, 2011 at 3:50 am

You had me at asparagus.

Tickled Red April 14, 2011 at 10:08 am

I have asparagus in the fridge at home. Now I just have to figure out which delicious recipe to make first :)

Feast on the Cheap April 14, 2011 at 10:14 am

And I just love that lacy plate…

Jennifer April 14, 2011 at 10:40 am

Thanks ladies! You may be able to grab it at your local Pier 1 Imports.

Medifast Coupon April 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Two of our favorite vegetables blended together, heavenly, thanks so much for posting, can’t wait to try.

Julia's Child April 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Yum! And I’m so happy that both my children have decided to eat asparagus now. Woo hoo!

Katja of Skimbaco April 25, 2011 at 7:26 pm

YUM! And can I join the next time when you two are cooking..?

Jennifer April 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Absolutely Katja! Come on up here to the beach this summer and we can nosh all day.

Mara April 27, 2011 at 8:00 am

Oh how I wish I could get my kids to eat asparagus! I’ll enjoy this though.

LivingFood101 June 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Thank you for the great recipe! I enjoyed it with the green beans and extra orange flavor.

Vanderbilt Wife February 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I made this for a dinner with friends tonight … and am worried none of it will get there. I just keep eating it! So good!

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