Today’s green beans with garlic recipe became a very popular dish for me when I was on my big trip. For those of you that don’t know, I spent 2 years backpacking through Mexico, Central America and the Bahamas beginning in January of 2008. During that time I was invited to a lot of different gatherings and parties and because my Mamma raised me right, I’d never go to a party empty handed. I could always get my hands on the few items I needed to bring this dish along with me.
People freaking love this recipe, but more importantly, you can basically eat as many of these as you want. They are one of the foods that helped me quit smoking MANY years ago. So if you are trying to give something up, this is not only a crowd pleasing recipe, it’s a great go-to,hand-to-mouth, guilt-free, eat as much as you want food item.
Usually I’ll make it as a side dish but I always make a bunch of it. After you eat it with your dinner, you’ll want some later on for a snack. Or…cut them up and add them to your salads. Easy peasy.
Approx 1 lb. green beans, stems picked (this is a GREAT activity for when you are sitting in front of the TV)
4 large garlic cloves, finely minced
extra virgin olive oil
Bring a pan full of water to a boil
Add green beans and cook quickly – 3 minutes is my desired doneness.
Thoroughly rinse in cold water immediately or put beans into a chilled bowl of water filled with ice (3 parts water to 1 part ice)
Drain and set aside.
Heat up a large saute pan to medium heat. You don’t want it HOT…we’re going to SAUTE’ garlic in this pan. Garlic goes from “looking good” to burned quickly. Stoves vary…you might need medium/low. Add garlic and slowly saute. Shake pan frequently so it doesn’t brown/stick. Do NOT walk away.
We want to cook the garlic to soften it and infuse the oil with flavor. We only want a little bit of color on it.
Add drained beans to a large bowl. Add garlic and toss well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
If you choose, you can completely bypass the garlic and add toasted sesame oil to the cooked and drained green beans, then toss them with sesame seeds (white, black or both) salt and pepper for an entirely different kind of deliciousness. NOTE: Sesame oil is strong so you don’t need much.
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