Lobio Satsivi (Georgian (the country) Green Beans)

My dad just gave me a book, 1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die and this recipe was in it. You know the country Georgia, right? It’s an eastern european country that borders Turkey and Armenia and these Georgian green beans are to die for. They’re punchy, full of flavor and have a positively surprising texture from the walnuts that are reminiscent of peanuts sprinkled atop of Thai food. Great as a side dish to cut through any fried or heavy meat entrees or alone brought to a springtime potluck!
lobio satsivi georgian green beans

Lobio Satsivi (Georgian (the country) Green Beans)
Serves 6 as side dish
Total Time: 10 minutes, 5 hours to marinate (optional)

• 4 heaping huge handfuls of green beans, trimmed
• 2/3 cup finely ground/finely minced walnuts
• 1 clove garlic, smashed into a paste
• 2 tablespoons finely minced sweet onion
• 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika
• pinch of cayenne pepper
• 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh cilantro
• 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh parsley
• salt and pepper

Bring salted water to a boil and add green beans. Boil for 3-4 minutes until crisp-tender then plunge in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.

Add remaining ingredients to a large bowl and mix.  Add green beans to the bowl, shaking off any excess water, and toss until well coated.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.  To develop the flavors even further, cover and refrigerate for 5 hours. Bring beans to room temperature before serving.

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