Simple Green Beans

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How to Cook Green Beans

Green beans are now in season, and I find that when they are very fresh, the most enjoyable way for me to savor them is to simply boil them in salted water, until tender but crisp. I then sprinkle the green beans with kosher salt, and let me tell you, when they are fresh and crisp like this, they make not just a great side dish, but a wonderful snack that you can serve and eat as a finger food and get that peculiar satisfaction that we humans get when we eat something crunchy and salty.

Simple Green Beans
 
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Recipe type: Sides, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan
Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt for the cooking water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon butter
Instructions
  1. Pick through the beans and discard any that are withered or discolored. This simple cooking method is suitable for only the freshest of beans.
  2. I prefer to leave green beans whole, they make such a great finger food when left at their full length, but to serve at dinner, you might want to cut them into 3-inch pieces.
  3. Drop the green beans into a large pot of boiling, salted water, just enough water to cover the beans (you'll need to eyeball it). Bring back to a full boil and cook, uncovered, until beans are just tender, about 5 minutes - but start checking after 3 minutes (take one out of the pot and taste). With such basic preparation, it's really important that the beans remain firm - soft and limp will not do.
  4. Drain the beans into a colander, shake dry and season with kosher salt. You can use other seasonings of course, and a generous pat of batter on top of the hot green beans is heavenly, but really, when they are fresh, green beans only need a little boiling and some salt.
Nutrition Per Serving
Calories: 35; Fat: 0g; Carbohydrates: 8g; Sugar: 0g; Sodium: 286mg; Fiber: 4g; Protein: 2g

 
How to Cook Green Beans

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