Although this is barely a recipe, it can be construed as a damn good feast all by its lonesome. String beans honestly don’t need a whole lot of dressing up in order to be brilliant, and this recipe is the perfect proof of that. Garlic, butter and olive oil form a dressing for the tender crisp beans, showcasing their sweetness. Why mess with perfection?
If you like a little bit of added texture, feel free to toss in a smattering of slivered almonds. Or add dried cherries or cranberries for tartness. Whatever you choose to do, make it your own and don’t expend a lot of effort. The green beans are the stars of the show here.
Sauteed String Beans with Garlic
1 lb. of string beans, stem ends removed
2 tbs. of butter
2 tbs. of olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
kosher salt and cracked pepper
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Toss the string beans into the water and allow to cook for a mere 30 seconds. Drain string beans and set aside.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on high. Add the butter and string beans and toss to combine. Add the garlic and barely cook for about a minute. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.