Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Garlic Green Beans

This is an easy and quick dish to prepare. We usually pair it with steak and mash potatoes. Sometimes, I like to pair it with some grill fish and brown rice or potato salad. I like to use a lot of garlic in this as garlic gives really good aroma and taste. I also like to cook it right before serving so that green beans stay nice and crunchy.


Garlic Green Beans


Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 to 7 minutes

Ingredients:

1 pound Green Beans - stem ends trimmed
1 tablespoon Oil
8 big cloves Garlic - pressed or finely chopped
1/4 cup Chicken or Vegetable Stock, or Water
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Place green beans in a microwave safe bowl, add about 1/4 cup of water, cover and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse under cold water, drain and keep aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet with oil over high heat. Once hot, add garlic and stir for few seconds being careful not to burn them.
  3. Add green beans, stir well and cook for about 30 seconds. Season it with salt and generous amount of pepper to taste.
  4. Add stock or water and stir and scrape to get all garlic bits out.
  5. Reduce heat to medium high and continue cooking until all liquid is evaporated and green beans are just about tender without overcooking them.
  6. Increase heat to high and stirring constantly, let the garlic brown for about half a minute, dish out and serve hot.
Note: Work fast because high heat can give good smoky flavor but easier to burn.
If you want your beans to be more tender, you can reduce heat and partially cover it for about a minute after adding the liquid but start and end with high heat.

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