Holiday Green Bean Recipes

Green Beans

Prep
Start by rinsing in cold water. Once rinsed, pat dry. On a cutting board, line up 10-15 green beans with stems facing in the same direction. Using a sharp knife, remove the stems. If you prefer to remove both stem and “top,” turn around and repeat. Have the kiddos help: skip the knife and gently snap off the ends.

Blanch
Blanching—a cooking method utilizing boiling water and then transferring to ice water—is a culinary classic allowing the beans to keep their flavor and vibrant color. Blanching is excellent for highlighting light flavors, as well as pre-cooking the beans before adding to another dish.

1. In a large pot, bring well-salted water to a boil
2. Once boiling, add green beans for 2-5 minutes
3. Taste test with a rinsed bean to check doneness
4. Drain and immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water to ensure crispness

If you plan on transferring the green beans to another dish that requires cooking, slightly undercook your green beans to preserve their crispiness.

Sauté
Sautéing makes quick work of removing moisture, resulting in crispy, snappy green beans. As a general rule of thumb, use 2 tbsp of oil per pound of green beans. This base recipe is simple, but can be upgraded with the addition of aromatics, seasonings, or sauce. To preserve the snap of the beans, add dressings directly before finishing.

1. Bring 2 tbsp of oil to medium-high heat in a large pan. Green beans should sit comfortably in the pan with minimal overlap.
2. Let the green beans sizzle for two minutes, allow them to blister, and gain color
3. After two minutes, flip and repeat until evenly roasted with consistent color
4. Remove from heat

Roast
For a smoky, deep flavor, oven roasting is best. The consistent temperature allows even browning.

1. Preheat oven to 400°F
2. In a bowl, toss trimmed green beans with oil and seasoning of choice. Place on a lined baking sheet. For even cooking, ensure minimal to no overlap
3. Roast until blistered and brown, rotate to cook evenly
4. Remove when consistently cooked

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