Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A Green Delight

In my garden I have fresh basil that is begging to be used. One of my sisters made the following dish using fresh green beans and basil and it is so good not to mention very easy to make.

You will need enough basil to make at least a full cup chopped, garlic, butter, olive oil, fresh green beans washed and the ends snipped off, Kosher salt and cracked black pepper.

Blanch  one and a half pounds of fresh green beans. This should only take about one to two minutes in a full rolling boil....they will turn a bright green. Drain in a colander and set aside.

See! Don't they look so bright and fresh. What a little hot water will do for you!

In a large heavy duty skillet add around 4 Tablespoons of butter and a couple of Tablespoons of olive oil just until the butter is melted.

Now add three large finely chopped garlic cloves. You can add more or less but this seemed just right for us. We like garlic. Sauté until tender (don't overdo here....if it is cooked to long it can become bitter).

Now toss in those blanched green beans and give them a stir for about four or five minutes to absorb that buttery, garlic flavor and become tender. Now add fresh cracked black pepper and Kosher salt to taste.

I bet you thought I forgot didn't you? Now you add the chopped basil and give a quick stir for about one or two minutes. If you cook it for too long it will shrivel all up and really look ugly.

Here they are...so tender and good. We love these.

Garlic Basil Green Beans

1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans 
4 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1 cup chopped fresh basil
Kosher salt to taste
Cracked black pepper to taste

Begin by washing and snapping the tips off of green beans. Blanch for around 2 or so minutes in water that has reached a rolling boil. Drain and set aside. Chop garlic finely and sauté in butter and olive oil just until tender, not brown. Add green beans and stir cooking until they are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Just before serving add chopped basil and sauté for just a minute to incorporate. 


Em said...

Oh YUM! Those look wonderful - you've got my mouth watering!

Country Girl said...

Looks good to me! Can't wait to try some.

Jill said...


noble pig said...

Wow that looks good. I always find myself with all this extra basil but now I won't! It looks like a lovely dish!

Mental P Mama said...

Yummy! My favorite flavors!

Tipper said...

Looks delicious!!

Twinville said...

I'm not a huge fan of basil, but those veggies and the rest of the ingredients just looks so fresh and mouth watering delicious I may just have to try it! :)