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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Garlic Green Beans

The green beans are finally here and I can't find enough ways to cook them. A few days ago I made the old-fashioned Southern green beans just cooked in pork stock with a little salt and pepper. It's hard to mess up a fresh vegetable.

This is a nice way to cook fresh green beans for a change. They are blanched in boiling water and shocked in ice water to maintain that bright color, then briefly sauteed in butter with minced garlic and parsley. For convenience, you can blanch and chill the beans and store them in the refrigerator for a day before sauteing and serving.

Makes about 4-6 servings
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1 pound green beans, washed and stemmed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon finely snipped parsley
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Fill a big pot with water and bring to a rolling boil. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and the stemmed green beans, and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes, or until tender but resistant to the bite. Drain the beans, and immediately plunge into a bowl of lightly salted ice water to stop the cooking. As soon as the green beans are chilled, drain them.

Heat the butter in a wide skillet until hot and foaming. Add the green beans, and cook, tossing constantly, until heated through. Add the garlic, parsley, a generous sprinkling of salt, and a few grinds of black pepper, and continue cooking 1 minute longer. Serve immediately.


  1. now i wish i planted beans. i love this recipe. have you ever tried them this way?

    * 1/2 pound bacon, cut into small chunks
    * 1 onion, chopped
    * 2 pounds green beans, ends trimmed and cut into manageable sized pieces
    * 2 Tablespoons vinegar
    * 2 Tablespoons sugar
    * salt and pepper to taste

    Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and fry until crispy. Remove the bacon to a paper-towel lined plate and spoon out several Tablespoons of bacon grease and reserve for another use.

    Add the onion to the bacon grease and cook until softened. Add the green beans and cook until tender-crispy, or your desired tenderness. Add the sugar and vinegar and stir well. Add the bacon back to the pan and cook, stirring, for another minute or two. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

    they are great this way with cornbread!

  2. oooohhh yummy!!! I have some Costco green beans in the fridge..... here we go!

  3. I think this is my favorite way to eat them,


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