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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Easy-easier-easiest sides: Green Beans

Three quick and easy ways to prepare fresh green beans.  Each requires a minimum of extra ingredients and a step-wise time/prepwork requirement.

Simmered Green Beans
Makes 4 servings

1 lb green beans, stem ends trimmed
1 tsp liquid smoke (optional)

Bring a 3 quart pot of water to a boil.  Add liquid smoke and green beans.  Turn heat down to medium and simmer 20-30 minutes, depending on preferred level of crunchiness/tenderness.

Easier: These have been mistaken at my house for french fries (for realz), especially when they go a couple minutes past the timer.

Roasted Green Beans
Makes 4 servings

1 lb. green beans, trimmed
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp lemon pepper

Toss green beans with olive oil and lemon pepper.  Spread on a rimmed cookie sheet and roast at 375F for 20 minutes. 

Green Beans Provençal
Makes 4-6 servings

1 lb. green beans, trimmed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tsp dried herbs or 2 tbsp fresh herbs (tarragon, parsley, herbes de provence, basil)
salt and pepper
Saute onion and garlic in oil for 5 minutes, until soft.  Add green beans, tomatoes with juice, herbs and salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-high and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until green beans are done to your liking. 

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