1 pound green beans
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped pecans
Salt and pepper to taste
Green beans are one of my favorite vegetables. When I found out they were going to be a part of my CSA share I was really excited to have my first of the season. Green beans are delicious on their own so you really don’t have to do much to them. Here is a simple side that can be made in 15 minutes.
When the water is boiling, add the green beans.
Cook for 5 minutes and drain. Plunge into an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
Drain and set aside. Add the butter and olive oil to a saute pan. Add the chopped pecans and cook for 3 minutes.
Add the green beans, stirring to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes.
Add the sliced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Remove from heat and serve.
As I’ve said before, garlic makes everything taste better, and green beans are no exception. You can mince the garlic if you’d like, but I prefer the larger sliced pieces. The pecans add a roasted, earthy flavor to the dish and a little extra crunch. Because the green beans were blanched, they maintain their crunchiness as well.