Italian Red Potatoes with Fresh Green Beans

This is one of those dishes that is hard to classify. Is it a warm potato salad? A vegetable side dish? Yes, and yes. All I know for sure is that it’s delicious – anyway you want to serve it. These potatoes with green beans are colorful, easy to make and go great with a variety of Italian dishes when other starchy foods such as pasta are not being served. Awesome with Cuocere Stile Italiano or Chicken with Lemon, Garlic and Parsley. Popular at the family table, yet pretty enough for company. And such a snap to make. Once assembled, this dish will even hold well in the oven along side a platter of Savory Sensational Chicken Scaloppine. I could go on and on when it comes to Italian dishes. Hubby loves his Mexican; I adore my Italian and French. As for Kiddo, he’s not picky – he loves it all from Pizza and Burgers to Coq au Vin and everything in between.

One thing I’ll have to say about our brood – none are overly picky eaters and all know their way around the kitchen. If you cannot travel the world in a jet airplane, you sure can at the family table. Life is an adventure that begins in the imagination.

Italian Red Potatoes with Fresh Green Beans
1-1/3 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
1/3 cup water
6 small red potatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup Zesty Italian salad dressing, warmed

Cut small red potatoes into wedges. Place potatoes into a pot and cover with water. Add a little salt to the water, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook for about 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender.

Meanwhile, place the beans and water in a 2-qt. microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 6-8 minutes or until tender.

Pour Italian dressing into a small sauce pan. Add onions and warm gently.

Drain beans and potatoes; place in a serving bowl. Pour dressing over vegetables, toss to coat. Serve hot.

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