Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Best Green Beans Ever

I'm not a very good cook. I like to cook but I'm not that good at it.

My husband is a good man. He will eat what I put before him and normally without complaint. But because I am not a good cook, it is also normally without kudos as well.

Last night, I had a bunch of fresh green beans in the fridge and needed to use them up before they spoiled.

I threw some olive oil in a skillet and let it heat up.

Then I chopped up a shallot I had that was left over from another recipe and I chopped up a couple of cloves of fresh garlic. I threw those in the skillet and let them cook until the shallot turned translucent.

Then I threw the green beans in and added more olive oil until they were coated.

Then I tossed in some red pepper flakes and let it all cook until the green beans were tender (probably about 30 minutes or so).

When we were eating dinner, Dan declared, "These are probably the best green beans I have ever eaten!"

I almost fell off my chair.

And when I told him I just sort of threw stuff in the pan, he told me I should write down the recipe so I wouldn't forget it.

So that's what I've done. This is my recipe for The Best Green Beans Ever.

Enjoy!

PS - I would have taken a picture but before I served them, I didn't realize these were going to be deemed The Best Green Beans Ever and after dinner there were none left.

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23 comments:

Lisa said...

The best green beans I've ever had were from Southern Mama's down in NC. You must have that southern gift! YUM!

Happy Campers said...

Sounds delicious! I'm saving your simple recipe for when my son plants his green beans & we have more than we know what to do with. Sometimes, simple IS best!!

Rebekah said...

Kudos to you!! when you get a chance, check out my post on green beans...
http://simpleandsassy.blogspot.com/2007/07/cow-tonguemmmm-maybe-not.html

Kellie said...

Yummy! Sounds terrific! And for someone who says she doesn't know how to cook, your recipe and cooking technique sound pretty amazing.

Happy Tuesday!

3boys247 said...

They sound delicious. Congratulations on your kitchen success.

Christina said...

I love green beans so this is one recipe I have to try. Can't wait to taste the best green beans ever.

Don Mills Diva said...

Nice job - it's been a while since I got a compliment like that - maybe I should try these beans!

jennwa said...

I was hoping you would have saved some for me.

AlaneM said...

Congrats on your success! I love me some green beans, yum-o!
Great posts the past few days...your new do is very cute & the pic of the kids is sweet. My Adah is like that too - a princess tomboy girlie-girl.

My Goodness said...

Great job!! I'm not a great cook either...so hold onto that one!! :)

Mamasphere said...

This is the same way I make MY green beans! My husband thinks they're the greatest thing on earth. Sometimes I throw a little soy sauce in, too, but usually not.

Corey~living and loving said...

sounds yummy. I have done something like that before. yummy indeed. :)

Megan said...

what a great moment in the kitchen! so glad they were so good! and you totally did that yourself- go you.

Megan

Jenileigh said...

Kudos!!!! I love this kind of cooking. A little of this and a little of that! Kewel!

jennifer said...

holy cow! as i was reading this, i was expecting you to say how horrible they were- way to strong, and smelly, too! congrats! i know how it is to *rarely* have your husband rave over what you've made. my husband eats, but he's not really into food. bummer!

Michelle@Life with Three said...

I make green beans at least once a week -- but they are VERY boring. This sounds delicious! When you let them cook for 30 minutes, did you cover them?

beth said...

Awesome!

I am a good cook, but I have to invite over guests to get any compliments. My husband is just used to what I cook.

Claudious said...

Those sound like the best green beans ever!

Congratulations... now I wish I had fresh green beans.

Sandy C. said...

This sounds awesome! And I love green beans :)

The Girl Next Door said...

Yum you have made me hungry!!

Christie said...

Don't let her fool you. I've known her to YEARS and she IS a good cook!!!!

Steph said...

Mmmmmm...my dad just brought over a bag of fresh green beans from his garden. This is on our menu for tonight!

Jaina said...

Those sound delicious! I think I may have to go get green beans to try this out.