Monday, September 26, 2011

Perfect pan-fried green beans

Yep. I did it again. Mental checkout from the blog. I think about blogging all the time, I just don't actually do it! ha. No excuses... it just is what it is.

I had a gazillion green beans, literally. Okay, it was just a bushel, but that's like 40 lbs of green beans! With the help of my dear friend, I was able to can 40 pints of green beans with a whole lot left over to pass along to friends.

I had about a pound and a half sitting in my fridge that I HAD to make today, so I did. I kept thinking about green beans my aunt used to make with bacon, bacon fat/lard, onions, and the beans.. well, that sort of think won't work for me anymore, too much fat. So, I was trying to make it with less fat, but not less flavor.

Here's what I did...

1 Tbs. butter
1/2 onion, diced
1 1/2 lbs. fresh green beans, snapped to your likeness
garlic powder
salt and pepper
drizzle of olive oil

In a large saute pan, over medium-high, melt your butter and then toss in the onions. Let the onions get a little brown and then toss in the green beans. Stir it all together so the butter coats the beans and the onions get all mixed in. Then, add the garlic powder, salt, and pepper and cover for about 5 minutes. Remove the cover and stir the beans every couple of minutes until your desired doneness and "burnness" is achieved. It took about 15 minutes for mine. Finally, add a drizzle of olive oil, stir, and recover until ready to serve.