These delicious green beans are easy to make and they can be prepared ahead of time and reheated right before serving. This is the perfect side dish for family weeknight dinners or special occasions.
- 1 pound fresh green beans
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp crushed garlic (about 8 cloves)
- 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- Fill saucepan 3/4 full with water.
- Place on stove on high and bring to a boil.
- While the water is heating, place green beans in a colander and rinse them with cold running water.
- Drain the beans, and cut the stems off the green beans.
- When the water is boiling, add the green beans to the pan. Lower the heat to medium-high so that the water is simmering but not boiling. Cook for about 4 minutes. The beans should be crunchy. If you prefer them to be softer, cook them for an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and drain the beans into a colander under running COLD water. You want to stop the beans from cooking so it is important to use cold water. Rinse them for about 1 minute with the cold water. Place beans in a bowl, cover and refrigerate if you are going to use them later in the day or the following day. They can be prepared up to 3 days ahead of time.
- Crush garlic cloves by laying them on a cutting board and laying the flat side of the knife on the garlic clove and pound the knife with your hand.
- Remove the skin from the garlic clove and crush the cloves with a garlic press.
- Heat oil and butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat, until the butter melts Add the crushed garlic and toss in the mixture for 30 seconds. Add the green beans and cook them until they are hot, 2-3 minutes. Do not let the garlic burn.
- Season the garlic green beans with salt and pepper. You might need to adjust this to your taste.
- This recipe is best made with fresh green beans. Frozen or canned beans are not a good option.
- Cleaned green beans can be used and they are located in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.
- You can purchase crushed garlic in a jar instead of using fresh garlic. It is normaly located in the produce section of the grocery store.