Green Beans in Olive Oil


        1 lb. fresh green string beans
        1/2 cup chopped onions
        3/4 cup olive oil
        2 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
        2 whole cloves garlic
        1 tsp. salt
        1/2 tsp. pepper
These succulent beans are served tepid or cold and could be prepared a day in advance.

Heat olive oil in pressure cooker. Fry in it the chopped onions and whole garlic. When yellow, add beans, salt and pepper, and fry gently for 10 minutes stirring frequently. Add tomatoes and one cup water (substitute 11 cups fresh or canned tomato juice if desired). Cook under pressure 10 minutes. Simmer uncovered to allow beans to absorb sauce completely. Season to taste.

Cook without pressure if preferred. After vegetables are sauteed, simmer in tomato juice until tender. Serves 4.

(From Food from the Arab World Marie Karam Khayat and Margaret Clark Keatinge, Khayat's, Beirut 1959)