Thursday, August 26, 2010

Garden Week: Lemony Green Beans

We had a very successful green bean plant this year. It is probably my favorite thing we planted. Whenever I harvested, we ate them up right away. Other then eating the raw dipped in ranch, my other favorite was to cook them with lemon! It is so light and fresh, it tastes like summer!

Lemony Green Beans

about 1/2 pound of fresh green beans, trimmed
zest of one lemon
tsp of fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
2 tbsp olive oil

Trim the green beans by cutting the ends off (and removing strings if needed). Bring a large pot of water to a boil. When rapidly boiling, throw in the trimmed greens beans for 5 minutes. Meanwhile prepare an ice water bath =(fill a large bowl with cold water and ice). A soon as the 5 minutes are up, drain the green beans and toss into the ice bath. In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil of medium heat. Throw in green beans, lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon pepper. Saute until beans begin to brown just a little. Remove from heat and season with salt to taste.

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