Loubieh bil Zeit (Romano Beans with Tomatoes)

Loubieh bil Zeit

Loubieh bil Zeit (Romano Beans with Tomatoes)

James Oseland

Lebanon has an ancient tradition of producing high-quality olive oil, which is used to braise vegetables in a number of traditional dishes. One of the most popular is loubieh bil zeit, literally "green beans in oil," a traditional Lebanese mezze in which romano beans are braised until tender with tomatoes in olive oil. It's typically served at room temperature, but can also be enjoyed warm, as a side dish. Green beans or fava beans can be substituted for the romano beans. This recipe first appeared in our October 2014 issue with the story Home for the Harvest.