Green beans, potato & egg stew

Hello again friends !

Last year when my mom was visiting, we sometimes create meals at a moment’s notice, especially in the summer.  I was growing  Italian broad green  beans, they are so delicious especially in stews. My mom showed me how to make one of my favourite stews, a green bean, potato & egg stew.  Just amazing the aromas that emanate through the kitchen while this stew slowly cooks.  This is actually a great summer favourite, especially when the green beans are in season…and even better when you picked them fresh from the garden. This stew is so flavourful, satisfying and full of nutrients, protein and comfort.   Enjoy a little homestyle vegetarian dish with a dash of Portuguese charm !!!!

Ingredients: (yields 2 adults)

2 to 2 1/2 cups of fresh-cut green beans (cut in 1 inch pieces)
about 2 to 2 1/4 cups of water
1 vegetable bullion cube
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1 tablespoon of crushed red pepper paste (pimento paste)
3  tablespoons of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
2 tsp. of salt
1 tsp of black pepper
3 med. white potatoes (sliced in 1/8 th’s)
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. of cummin
1 tbsp. of fresh chopped parsley
1 tsp.  of coriander
1/2 of small onion (chopped in small pieces)
1 clove or pinch of ground clove
3 or 4 eggs
paprika to sprinkle over the eggs
few drops of piri piri
a few leaves of cilantro (optional) towards the end.

The Method:

1)Over medium heat in a medium pot, pour the olive oil and add the chopped onions, stir them up a little. Then add your sliced up garlic cloves, add your salt, black pepper. Slowly fry it up until golden
2)Add your water, should reach about 1/3 the pot. Add your vegetable bullion cube. Let it boil a couple of minutes. Keep the heat to medium, overall.
3)Add your green beans, sliced up potatoes, (cut in 1/8ths)., bay leaf, tomato paste, red sweet pimento sauce, bay leaf, cummin. Let it boil for about 1/2 hr. Stirring occasionally.
4)Towards the last 5 minutes, add the eggs by crack them into the simmering stew. A pinch of coriander &  salt & pepper to taste.
5)Let it simmer until the eggs are over easy or hard-boiled.. however you normally have your eggs. Add some cilantro leaves in the stew.
6)Serve with a sprinkle of paprika over the eggs. And add a dash of piri piri

Enjoy this wonderful homestyle comfort food with a nice glass of red wine or Portuguese beverage Sumol, and don’t forget your favourite home style bread !!!

Let me know how you liked the stew ! 🙂

Mannie (a.k.a. Manuela) 🙂