This recipe is from Ubuntu's Garden-Fresh Menu.
- 16 red bell peppers
- 2 tsp. sherry vinegar
- 4 cloves garlic , peeled
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 pound green beans , ends trimmed
- 10 okra , stem ends trimmed
- 6 mint leaves , chopped
- 16 unsalted almonds , toasted and coarsely chopped
Once peppers are cool enough to handle, peel, and remove seeds. Squeeze peppers to extract their natural liquid, about 1 pint. Dilute this "consommé" with 4 ounces of water, and add vinegar and salt to taste. (Save roasted peppers to make the romesco in the grilled figs recipe.)
Reduce oven to 300°. Fold a sheet of aluminum foil to form a small rectangular pouch. Place garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and a pinch of salt in pouch and cook until garlic is soft but not mushy, about 2 hours. Remove and set aside.
About 30 minutes before garlic is done cooking, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and fill a bowl with ice water. Cook green beans in boiling water for 2 minutes, then plunge directly into ice bath. Drain and place on paper towels.
Toss okra in remaining olive oil. Pan roast over medium-high heat until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Reheat consommé in a small pan over low heat for about 1 minute.
Chop green beans and okra, leaving 8 beans whole for a garnish (optional). To serve, divide vegetables, mint, garlic, and almonds among 4 small bowls. Pour in warm consommé; drizzle with garlic-infused olive oil. Season to taste with salt.