I love green beans, especially with garlic. The worst thing you can do to fresh green beans is overcook them. Not only do they not taste as good, but they turn an off-putting color.
The easiest way to avoid this problem is to steam them for just a couple of minutes until they are bright green, and then immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water to “shock” them. If you don’t have a steaming device, you can cook them in a shallow pan of boiling water, or even in the microwave.
Learn more about how to blanch vegetables in this article from The Kitchn.
In this dish, the beans are topped with a mixture of garlicky tomatoes and pine nuts with a touch of lemon juice.
Sauteed Green Beans with Tomato, Garlic, and Pine Nuts
If you like green beans and garlic, you'll love these perfectly cooked green beans topped with garlicky tomatoes, pine nuts, and lemon juice.
- Steam or blanch green beans in boiling water for about 2 minutes, until bright green. Immediately transfer beans to a bowl of ice water, then drain when cool.
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add tomato to pan and saute until soft, about 2 minutes.
- Add green beans and toss to heat through, being careful not to overcook.
- Add pine nuts, squeeze of lemon juice, and salt.
- Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy!
What is your favorite way to enjoy fresh green beans? Please let me know in the comments!
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