Green Beans in Garlic Sauce
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INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/2 lbs. green beans
  • 4 oz. fresh Shitake mushrooms (optional)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • pinch of fresh basil and oregano, minced
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs (optional)
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled
DIRECTIONS
  1. In a saucepan, bring 5 cups water to a boil with 1
  2. tablespoon salt. Add fresh green beans (strings and ends
  3. removed). Boil beans for 4-5 minutes, until tender but not
  4. overcooked. When tender, shock beans in a bowl of ice water
  5. to prevent overcooking and retain bright green color. Remove
  6. after 30 seconds and let drain in colander.
  7. In a large heavy bottom skillet, heat olive oil with cloves
  8. of garlic and mushrooms. Sauté until garlic becomes tan,
  9. but not brown. Mash garlic into oil with the tines of a
  10. fork. Add cooled beans, parsley, butter and remaining
  11. ingredients. Toss with cheese and bread crumbs (optional)
  12. and serve when butter has melted.
  13. Cook's Note: Garlic cloves may be removed before serving, or
  14. left in for added flavor, as desired. Garlic can be pureed
  15. or pressed through a sieve, but this will eliminate the
  16. "roasted" garlic flavor which characterizes this dish. May
  17. be served either warm or cold (if served cold, omit
  18. butter).
  19. Variations: A strip of lean bacon or Pancetta may be sautéed
  20. in olive oil before adding garlic, then crumbled in. For a
  21. piquant flavor, the beans may be served cold, as a salad,
  22. and dressed with a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon or
  23. balsamic vinegar.
RECIPE BACKSTORY
Cook's Note: Garlic cloves may be removed before serving, or left in for added flavor, as desired. Garlic can be pureed or pressed through a sieve, but this will eliminate the "roasted" garlic flavor which characterizes this dish. May be served either warm or cold (if served cold, omit butter). Variations: A strip of lean bacon or Pancetta may be sautéed in olive oil before adding garlic, then crumbled in. For a piquant flavor, the beans may be served cold, as a salad, and dressed with a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon or balsamic vinegar.