Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic

2014-01-28
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  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 15m

I eat fresh green beans all the time and the taste of these are accentuated by the light lemon flavor; something to spice them up a bit.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, ends trimmed (I used frozen thin cut)
  • 1/2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 T. butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 T. lemon zest
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Method

Step 1

Blanch green beans in a pot of salted boiling water until bright green and tender crisp, about 2-3 minutes. Drain. If you like your beans a bit crisp then after blanching, throw them in a bowl of ice water to stop them from continuing to cook, otherwise just set them aside after draining.

Step 2

Begin to heat a skillet over medium heat, add oil and butter to melt.

Step 3

Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add beans and continue to saute until coated in the butter and heated through, about 5 minutes. (I don't like my beans crispy at all, so at this point I saute them until they are soft.)

Step 4

Transfer to serving bowl and top with lemon zest, salt and pepper.

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