I love love love the summertime! Not just for the weather, but the fresh veggies and fruit that are available. I walk into the produce department and I am like a kid in a candy store! I even dream about them sometimes (ya, I know I am weird)!
On this trip to the store they had just brought in a fresh shipment of these beautiful green beans. I made a bee line to them, leaving Kevin with the cart wondering where I was running off to. I came back with my bag of the little green beauties with a smile on my face. WOW I am easily amused aren't I?
I was going to do a salad with them like the Warm Potato Salad with Green Beans I did a couple of months ago. But I settled on a family favorite. We love garlic and we love green beans so it only made sense to put them together, a LOT of them together.
I made this with a Rosemary, Garlic, and Vinegar Brined Chicken (I will be posting the recipe for that soon) and my son happened to come over right after dinner. Funny how that works right? He went straight to the kitchen and made a plate. He kept going on and on about the green beans (and the chicken) and how he needs to have his girlfriend come learn how to cook from me. So needless to say there were no leftover beans (and very little chicken).
When I used to make this for the family I would use 2 pounds of beans, but now that it is just the two of us I used 1 pound. 1 pound would be OK if you have 4 small eaters, but if your family is anything like my family you will need those two pounds easily!!
Garlicky Green Beans
1 pound of fresh green beans, trimmed
5 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Drop in your green beans and cook for 5 to 10 minutes depending on how tender you want them. Drain.
In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat. Add your sliced garlic and cook for a couple of minutes until golden, be careful not to burn or it will taste biter. Add the green beans and toss in the garlic and oil. Salt and pepper to taste.