“Fagiolini e Compagni” and “Patate Arraganate” from “Two Greedy Italians”

For those of you without an Italian-English Dictionary to hand, we had “Green Beans and Company” (or Green Beans, Buttered Breadcrumbs and Pine Nuts) and Sliced Roasted Potatoes with Tomato, Oregano and Basil.

We ate these with Veal Chops with Lemon and Capers that was in Saturday’s Guardian. (As luck would have it, I bought the veal chops BEFORE I knew the newspaper had a recipe I could use.) The veal was delicious and everyone loved it, even the boys.

Nicholas (8), pointing to the green beans: What’s this yellow stuff?

Maureen: What? The breadcrumbs fried in obscene amounts of butter with pine nuts? That “yellow stuff”?

Nicholas: Yes. I think it’s a little bit like eating rocks.

Tim: You’re mental. It’s delicious!

Maureen: I totally agree. I think this is absolutely delicious.

Andrew (11): The green beans are nice.

Maureen: What do you like about them?

Andrew: Because they’re simple.

Tim: I think what you mean is because they’re coated in breadcrumbs and butter.

Andrew: What do you call this? (Pointing to the potatoes)

Maureen: I don’t know. Something in Italian. Let me get the book. It’s Patate Arraganate.

Andrew: I think there’s too many flavours going on in my mouth.

Tim: I think they’re really nice.

Maureen: Me too. I think of them as an Italian version of potato dauphinoise, but healthier, with potatoes, red onions, tomatoes, basil, oregano and olive oil.

Tim: I can assure you these aren’t that healthy.

Maureen: But there’s no butter or double cream! Just olive oil.

Tim: Yes, but lots of it.

Maureen: Fair enough. I used a trick I learned during my Near Mental Breakdown Month of Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals: I sliced all the potatoes using my slicer attachment on the food processor. So that month was good for something!

Nicholas: I think they’re a bit too crunchy.

Maureen: You’re still talking about the green beans. We’ve moved on to the potatoes. What do you think of those?

Nicholas: They’re really good.

Maureen: I will definitely be making both of these dishes again. They were fantastic.

Andrew: I think make the green beans and the veal again, but not the potatoes.

Nicholas: I think make the potatoes and the veal again, but not the green beans.

Tim: I think make all of it again.

Nicholas: Let’s vote on it. Who wants the potatoes again? (Everyone but Andrew raises their hand.) Who wants the green beans again? (Everyone but Nicholas raises their hand.) Who wants the veal again? (Everyone raises their hand.) Looks like the only thing we’re going to have again is the veal.

Maureen: Guess again. I’m making it all again, and you’re going to have to eat it. It’s delicious.

“Fagiolini e Compagni” and “Patate Arraganate” from “Two Greedy Italians”

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