I can’t help but think of my grandma when I make green beans. I have very strong memories of my grandmother and I sitting on the porch during the summers when I was a kid. We’d always been in charge of trimming the end off of the green beans. There’d always be bags and bags of green beans so this was no small job. I loved how the green beans snapped. If they were super fresh then they would spray a little bit of juice all over my face. It was a fun summer activity that helped cement my love of food.
I’m teaching my niece how to cook and one of the first things I showed her was how to prepare green beans. We always sit down and chat while we work our way through the pile of beans, just like I did with my grandma.
I can’t remember my parents ever doing anything fancy to green beans. It was always just keep it simple and not screw up the great flavor of fresh, farm picked green beans. I think I was a teenager before I saw a green bean casserole at a thanksgiving buffet. Fresh green beans always tasted so good that they never understood the need for a sauce. I happen to agree with my parents and their green bean philosophy so I cook them the exact same way.
I prepare this recipe constantly. If green beans are available, then we’re eating them for dinner. If you’re looking for something slightly more impressive, then you can always toss slivered almonds, crispy bacon or toasted pine nuts over the green beans once they are finished.
When you are buying green beans look for ones that are firm and not shriveled. If they are fresh then the ends should snap off and be juicy and full. Also, don’t cook the life out of them. If you leave the beans in the water the full 5 minutes, turn off the heat and take out the beans immediately. If you leave them in the hot water then they will continue to cook which means they will be overcooked. They should have a bite to them and shouldn’t be mushy.
- 1 pound Fresh Green Beans, ends trimmed
- 2 tablespoons Butter
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Pepper
- Bring a saucepan filled about half way with water to a boil over medium heat.
- Once the water is boiling, add the green beans.
- Let the green beans cook for about 3-5 minutes.
- Using a strainer, remove the beans from the water and put into a serving bowl.
- Toss the green beans with the butter, salt and pepper then serve.
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #FOODFASHIONANDFUN. I’d love to see what you make!