Friday, December 5, 2008

Roasted-Garlic Greens Beans

So the week-long Thanksgiving fest is done and we're home and safe. It was good to be able to spend a prolonged amount of time at mom's instead of the usual run up for two days and run back.

We did the usual for Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone picks one side dish that they must have and then there's turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Sweetie always wants candied yams, I always want green beans, and mom always wants more stuffing, which would be why she cooked an 18 pound bird for just the 3 of us.

Mom tried something new with the green beans and they were super yummy. She gave me the recipe and I made it at home last night. It was good; but of course mom's was better. She got the recipe from someone else, so I don't really know where this originated, otherwise I'd link to it.

Roasted-Garlic Greens Beans

Cooking time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

    12 garlic cloves, peeled and halved lengthwise (Yeah, baby. That says 12)
    2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    ¼ tsp sugar
    1 ½ pounds green beans, trimmed
    3 Tbsp water
    4 tsp red wine vinegar
    salt and pepper

  1. Microwave garlic, oil, and sugar, uncovered, in a small microwave-safe bowl until garlic is softened and fragrant, about 1 minute. Carefully transfer 1 Tbsp of oil from the mixture to a large nonstick skillet. Reserve remaining garlic mixture.
  2. Heat skillet over medium-high until oil is shimmering. Add green beans and water and cook, covered, until bright green, about 3 minutes. Add reserved garlic mixture to the pan; do not stir. Continue to cook, covered, until beans are almost tender, about 3 minutes. Remove lid and cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are browned in spots and garlic is golden, 2–3 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Serve.

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