Sunday, November 23, 2008

green beans - 3 easy ways

FYI:  all of the following quick recipes use fresh green beans.  I'm sure frozen would work as well, but I wouldn't use canned.


Basic Beans

Spread a single-layer of fresh green beans (ends snapped) on a cookie sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt.  Bake for 10 minutes at 350... or about that.  It depends on how crispy or tender you like your beans.


Beans & Cranberries

Steam or boil fresh green beans and 1 tsp orange peel.  When done to your liking, place beans in serving bowl.  Stir in 1/2 cup cranberries and 2 Tbsp honey.  Optional:  top with bacon bits or bacon crumbles.


Green Beans w/ Garlic Vinaigrette

Cook 2 1/2 lbs beans to your preference (oven, steam, boil, doesn't matter).  Combine & whisk in large bowl: 1/2 tsp lemon zest, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, 2 tsp evoo, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 2 minced garlic cloves.  Add beans, toss to coat.  Top with toasted almonds.


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