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Garlic Green Beans — 24 Comments

  1. You know...my mom ALWAYS paired garlic and beans. Till this day I do the same. My kids love green beans...so this would be the perfect side dish to any meal, but especially holidays. Isn't it fun when we can elevate simple food to another level of delicious.
    • Mine didn't - come to think of it, Mom used very little garlic at all. I use it, well, what seems quite often to me, but not to many of my friends... But Rich's parents like it and always used it quite a bit, so I'm starting to make more dishes where it's a major note, not just part of the general aromatics. And yes - I love doing that!
  2. I love garlic with green beans. When I was growing up, we seemed to always have canned green beans - so I didn't really like them, but then I had garlic green beans at a Chinese restaurant and it turned my life around regarding green beans. I love how quick and easy your recipe is so I can make it at home!!
    • Yes - that's me and zucchini. We didn't eat canned vegetables, and Mom rarely overcooked any (I was so lucky!) so it had not occurred to me that this was the reason I hated zucchini until I had some that was not overcooked! Whole different vegetable... LOL This is not the Chinese dish - or, well, for all I know, maybe it is, but I didn't intend it to be... Well, it's not, because I think it's a proper stir fry, over much higher heat than I used, and probably includes other seasoning. But it's good!
    • How true. I was surprised at first that I had no specific recipes for them - and then I realized that it's because they really don't need them... But once in a while it's nice to do a little something!
  3. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare green beans. I remember when I was a child and my grandparents would grow what would now be called heirloom green beans. We would have to cut one end off and pull off the string, and then cut the other end off int he opposite direction to remove the "strings". It's so nice now that there's no need for so much "stringing" before you can cook the beans.
    • Ah - the classic String Bean! LOL I grew up snapping them (and they'd occasionally have a string to remove) at my grandmother's also. She didn't grow them herself, though, but bought them from a local farmer. (I do have her notes about how many canner loads she could get from a peck - but she stopped canning when her eyes failed, long before my day.) Lovely memories!
    • Absolutely! I plan to get to the farmer's markets here soon - but it's no longer just a walk down the block for me. Meanwhile, I"m glad to be able to improve what I have!
  4. Green beans are my husband's favorite veggie, and I love a reliable, simple, delicious way to prepare them like this! Totally agree, fresh is best, but you've got to know how to work with what's available, too, and this is just the way to do it. :)
    • Thanks! Sometimes something just needs a little help... and then it's delicious itself! (Mind you - this treatment is good on absolutely fresh from the field green beans as well. It just occurred to me that most people in the US are in my position at this time of year...)
    • Thanks! I finally got to a farmer's market, though - and was thrilled to find more really fresh vegetables! I'll have to make sure I shop there regularly... it will improve my table quite a bit. Meanwhile, I do what I can...
  5. Yay for garlic and green beans... simple and wonderful! My hubby and I moved to the Rio Grande Valley in way south Texas in 2015 after 22 years in New Mexico. We called NM a "food desert" due to the lack of decent restaurants and awful produce. I'm a southern California native, so the lack of fresh veggies really bugged me. Your post is certainly a helpful one!
    • Oh, that's rough. When I was a kid in New York City we didn't have much good fresh produce (though we certainly did have good restaurants!) The situation started to improve when I was in high school, though - greengrocers and farmers markets started springing up. So I feel your pain! And glad I can help! Thank you!
  6. Green beans are such a lovely vegetable, and I love this simple, flavorful way to prepare them. I hear you on the shortage of "fresh" produce during the cold months. I love my farmer's markets, but I can't wait until they're once again able to sell the beautiful produce that they've grown themselves. Only a short time left until the season begins again!
    • Just found the season is starting here (though what today's snow will do to that I don't know...) So excited about fresh greens!
    • Oh, great! And just right - dressed up enough for a holiday, but not too hard when you're doing a big meal... Enjoy them!

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