Does this quick and easy method for perfect green beans deserve a whole post on the website? Yes. Man I have eaten some terrible green beans in my life. SO, if this post helps one person make good green beans then it was worth it.
All you need for perfect green beans:
- Some Tips & Tricks
Prep The Green Beans
Wash the beans and trim off the stems. I like to trim both ends but it’s really only necessary to trim the stems off.
Boil - Bath
The Trick to Perfect Green Beans is BLANCHING. This is the process of dropping the trimmed green beans in a big pot of boiling water that has been salted. You only want to cook the beans for a couple minutes until they are a bright green colour. This makes them perfectly tender and maintains crispiness. Blanch cooking also removes any bitterness from veggies so it’s a wonderful technique to use for broccoli rabe, kale and more. Once the boiling is done you want to stop the cooking process by removing the beans from the water and drop them in an ice bath.
Sauté - Season - Serve!
Add a butter or margarine to a frying pan and melt. Then add in minced or finely diced garlic. Sauté for a few minutes until beans are heated through. Season with salt, serve and Enjoy!
Looking for another side dish? Try some Chili Lime Southern Fried Corn
Perfect Green Beans
- 1 pound Fresh Green Beans trimmed
- 2 cloves Garlic Minced or Finely Diced
- 3 tablespoons Butter
- Salt to taste
- Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add the prepared green beans. Boil for 2-3 Minutes until bright in colour but not fully cooked.
- Removed from boiling water and place in a bowl with ice. Leave them sit until the beans have cooled off.
- In a large frying pan on medium heat melt the butter and add the garlic. Saute the garlic until fragrant (2 mins) add in the beans and saute until beans are tender and heated through. about another 2-4 minutes.
- Season with Salt, Serve and Enjoy!
5 fun facts about green beans:
1.Green beans are known by many common names, including French beans, string beans, snap beans and snaps.
2.The green bean originated in Central and South America and there’s evidence that it has been cultivated in Mexico and Peru for thousands of years.
3.They were grown by Native Americans, who would plant them with corn and let the beans grown up stalk with corn.
4.The crop was introduced to the Mediterranean region in 1492 by Christopher Columbus
5. In home gardens, green beans are, in fact, the third most commonly grown garden vegetable in the United States, outranked only by tomatoes and peppers.
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