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November 20, 2012

Easiest Ever Green Beans

Are you looking for a green bean dish for Thanksgiving that steers away from the typical green bean casserole?  I have an easy, and I think, better green bean dish that you can whip up in minutes.

I love fresh, flavorful green beans cooked JUST right, which means not too long so that they end up limp and soggy.....I like them cooked tender and slightly crisp with  a lot of flavor.

Thankfully opting for canned green beans is not necessary where I live, fresh green beans are always available in California.  Don't get me wrong, canned green beans are just as nutritious as the fresh but it's a texture thing for me.  Limp green beans....just can't do it.

So to make the easiest green beans ever, all you need is a shallot or two, chopped, a package of french green beans....I buy mine at Trader Joe's or Costco when they have them, olive oil and Kosher salt and pepper.

Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a skillet, throw in your chopped shallots, the green beans and sprinkle with pepper and Kosher salt.  The Kosher salt is a must for me, it adds so much more flavor than regular table salt.

Saute on medium - high heat until the shallots caramelize and the green beans become slightly soft but still remain crisp.

You're done!  That's it!  The ONLY thing that would improve this dish is the addition of time :)

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Willie Vogt said...

And I find with a dish like this some toasted, slivered almonds add an interested crunch and nutty flavor too. Actually a little better than bacon for some of us.

Thomas Schulte said...

The USDA Nutrient Database shows quite a few differences between canned and raw green beans, I don't see canned green beens as nutritionally as good as raw.

Katie said...

Yum Nancy! I added walnut oil to my fresh green beans yesterday. Love them.

Ok gran said...

They look wonderful.

Cpierce said...

I'm going to try these.