Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sauteed Green Beans (aka Mess o' Beans)

Ok don't blink or you will miss this recipe. That's how easy it is. This is what we have been picking in our garden every other day:

A mess of green beans. John says that is the technical term for the amount of green beans we pick "a mess". It's kinda like a bushel or a peck. Green beans are picked in messes, or so he says.

So when I have a mess of beans like I do now, this is how I cook them.

Quick and Easy Mess o' Beans
1 mess o' beans
2 - 3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
3 shallots, thinly sliced

In a hot saute pan combine all ingredients. Cover and let them steam for a few minutes, but don't walk away for long. You need to keep checking on them and stirring so they don't burn. Once they seems steamed enough - probably about 5 - 8 minutes, take the cover off so they can start to brown up a wee bit. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.

These beans stay nice and crunchy, if you don't like crunchy beans and you prefer the mushy beans, you have no right eating fresh vegetables so just go grab yourself a can and leave the rest of the beans to us veggie lovers.
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