Green Beans – My Way

by Kelli H. on July 13, 2011

I really had no intention of making a post on how I cook green beans but after picking up my CSA bag, I received 1 pound of green beans I decided to show ya’ll  how I make MY green beans.  They are super simple and mighty tasty!
When I was in a Cooking Basics class our final was to cook the teacher something and she would grade us on presentation and taste.  I was so nervous since we didn’t know before hand what ingredients she was going to give us.  I ended up cooking her green beans. It was a side dish and she loved them. She actually told me they were the best green beans she could ever remember eating. I was shocked she liked them so much! I’ve never really made green beans for anyone besides my family but I can tell you this in a foul-proof way to cook green beans. 

First you will need some simple ingredients.

1 lbs green bean, stems removed
1 onion, small chop
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 T olive oil
s&p

Start by washing them and breaking  them into half sizes if they are too long. Try to keep these baby uniform.
Bring a sauce pan filled about 2-3 inches of water to a boil. Add in your green beans and blanch for about 3-5 minutes depending on the size of your green beans. These ones took about 4 and they were perfect! You want them to still have a slight bite to them when you take them out.
While the beans are blanching, chop up your garlic and onion. I use 4 cloves of garlic because I LOVE garlic but you could use less if your not as big a fan.
This is my make shift ice bath. You could do a real one but who has time for that when you’re cooking green beans for yourself ?! (I was eating alone this night) If you’re going to bring these to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner then sure go the extra mile! I usually just run mine under cold running water and make sure they are cold to the touch.
Get the pan hot and add in your tablespoon of olive oil. Add in the onion and garlic and saute for about 3-5 minutes. I let these go about 5 minutes to get them real soft and sweet! mmm…the smell of onions and garlic sauteing together is one of the best smells on earth!
After the onions and garlic are nice and soft, add in those green beans! Blend together for another few minutes to get them heated through.
All done! 
Time to serve them up and devour them – I love veggies.
Only thing that makes these better are little crispy bacon pieces on top.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

my little celebration July 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm

YUM! Lots of garlic, you’re my kind of girl. I usually steam mine then sautee/char them on the skillet. So good!

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The Slow Roasted Italian July 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Oh, how I love garlic and then you had to say bacon??? Done… With a little bacon on top. YUM

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David July 13, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Just ate this for lunch and I have to say… even without the bacon it’s really good! ..Though, I wish it had bacon. mmm… bacon!

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Made in Sonoma July 13, 2011 at 11:59 pm

@my little celebration
steaming them would be excellent but I don’t have a steamer. 🙁

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Kaleh July 15, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Omg so trying them this weekend!

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Made in Sonoma July 16, 2011 at 3:56 am

@Kaleh
I thought you would benefit from a tutorial. I had you in mind, girl!

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Shellie July 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I wish i would’ve of looked at your blog before i made my tasteless green beans last night. I will defiantly be trying these, with bacon. 🙂

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katvetrano July 21, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Mmm I agree that the key to good green beans is lots and lots of garlic:)

I love your makeshift ice bath— easy clean up!

I’ve been making my Dad’s recipe a lot this summer with white white + shallots+ tomatoes.

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Made in Sonoma July 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm

@katvetrano
Shallots & white wine? Sounds good to me!

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