Many of you are not fans of green beans, but I found a recipe that even a green bean hater enjoyed. I was inspired by the blog Once Upon a Chef and adapted her recipe a bit for my own family this past week. Of course this technique could be tried any time of year, but it is certainly one to remember for those holiday meals.
What I like about the technique is that it starts with French green beans. That is a special type of very thin green bean, which I am able to find at only some markets. Packaging may say Haricots Verts or Petit green beans. If you try this recipe with frozen green beans or thick green beans, don’t expect the same result or even worse, your green bean haters will emerge again at the table.
To make the recipe, gather olive oil, red onion, 1-1 1/2 cups water, about 8 ounces of thin green beans, salt and pepper to taste.
Using a saute pan, heat the olive oil and saute the thinly sliced red onions until soft and lightly browned. While they are cooking, clean the ends of the beans and place into the pan when the onions are ready. Salt and pepper to taste, and continue to stir them until they begin to slightly cook as well. I probably sautéed them for 3-4 minutes.
Next, add 1/2 cup of the water and continue to cook on medium heat, never leaving the green beans. This is a dish that needs constant attention. The object is to continue to cook until the water is gone. Then add more water and continue until all of the water has been cooked through the green beans with no water left when the beans are done.
This technique will take about 8-10 minutes total time. Test the beans to make sure they are done cooking. Check to see if they are easily pierced with a fork, and look cooked through, hot, but not limp and watery at all.
Transfer to a serving dish and be amazed at the flavor and seasoning.