It makes me sad to think that most people only ever eat steamed green beans. Don't get me wrong, steamed green beans can be delicious, but there are so many other ways to prepare and enjoy snappy summer (and fall) vegetables. A few of my favorite ways to cook them are below.
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Along with frying and grilling, braising is one of my favorite ways to cook green beans. Rather than cooking them to a trendy crisp-tender texture, this method slowly cooks green beans until they are extremely tender and infused with the flavor of the cooking liquid, but stops short of turning them mushy. They are pure perfection next to a roast chicken. See the recipe for Slow-Braised Green Beans.
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It's true: You can grill green beans. And not for nothing. Grilling intensifies the grassy, vegetal flavor of green beans beautifully. See How to Grill Green Beans here.
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Soaking quickly steamed green beans in a bright vinaigrette like the shallot-infused one pictured here - takes advantage of their study texture and ability to absorb flavor. Marinated beans work as a salad or a side dish and are particularly delicious alongside a hearty grilled steak. See a recipe for Marinated Green Beans or Green Beans in Jalapeno and Mint.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Put Them In a Casserole
Baking green beans in a saucy, flavorful mix and topping them with something crunchy is a Thanksgiving favorite. Try this Green Bean Casserole.
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Roasting gives green beans crispy edges to contrast their tender insides. It's a delicious and easy way to cook green beans, whether for one or for a crowd. Get the Recipe for Roasted Green Beans.
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Serve Them In a Salad
Raw green beans might be a bit much for most people - that's a lot of vegetal goodness. Yet, I love using green beans in salads, even if I lightly steam them first. Two favorites are this Green Bean Red Onion Salad and Green Beans With Shallot Vinaigrette.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Steaming is a classic method of cooking green beans. When steamed to a crisp-tender texture and dressed with a bit of fresh butter, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper, fresh garden green beans are a complete delight. See details on How to Steam Green Beans.