Of the many shared traits I can see, I am super thankful for this cooking gene I seem to have inherited. Growing up, cooking was one thing that my dad and I could bond over without fail. Whether he was teaching me (for the twelfth time) how to make his out-of-this-world filet mignon or showing me the secrets of how to make a hollandaise sauce, cooking was the perfect way to spend time together. To this day, I am eager to learn (and relearn) my dad’s recipes and spend time with him in the kitchen. For that reason, I am excited to share his sautéed green bean recipe with you–with a little twist of my own.
These green beans are a decadent side dish–buttery and crispy while the hint of lemon keeps the beans from feeling heavy. My sister requests that my dad make these green beans every year for her birthday dinner. Of course, she likes them completely charred, which isn’t quite my style (though, I can’t lie, a few charred pieces make this dish irresistible to me).
Go ahead, toss this on the side of your chicken, steak, burger or portobello mushroom and enjoy! If your house is anything like mine, I doubt these will last long.
Sautéed Garlic Green Beans
Preheat large skillet. Once heated, add olive oil. With burner on medium, add green beans and begin to sauté. After three minutes, add butter and sprinkle green beans with garlic salt, tossing to coat. Continue to sauté, periodically tossing with tongs until green beans begin to brown evenly.(For blackened green beans, sauté for a few additional minutes.) Add slivered almonds and continue to cook until almonds are toasted, about two minutes. Remove from burner, add lemon zest, season with salt and pepper to taste and toss. Serve immediately.