Garlicky Brown Butter Green Beans

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Halloween has come and gone. My husband and I did a few calculations and have determined that we consumed just over 100,000 calories on that day. May have been a record.

I don’t know about you, but when I have a day like that, I feel better if I eat some veggies (in fact I ate a carrot before bed at about 11:30, it made me feel 2% less guilty about the gluttony of the day.) This green bean recipe is simple, but elevates green beans from blah to hoo-rah.

garlicky brown butter grean beans

Browning butter brings out lots of intricate and delicious flavors. Adding garlic to the butter while it browns infuses garlic into the already fantastic browned butter.

All you need is butter, a couple cloves of garlic, fresh green beans and maybe a pinch of salt.

Place 2 tablespoons butter in a small, but heavy sauce pan. Add sliced garlic cloves (I like between 2-3 depending on their size.)

garlicky brown butter grean beans

Melt the butter over medium low, then turn down the heat to  low.  Stir the butter and garlic occasionally. You want the solids in the butter to turn a brown (not black) color and the garlic to become a nice caramel color. Beware, if you leave the heat too high, the garlic will burn and taste terrible.

 

This will take about 5-7 minutes or so. Watch the butter carefully when it starts to foam, then you will want to stir more frequently to make sure it doesn’t scorch (it can go from browning nicely to burned very quickly.) Once the butter solids are a nice golden brown color, remove them from the heat and set aside.

garlicky brown butter grean beans

Wash and trim about a pound of green beans.

garlicky brown butter grean beans

Place them in a large saute pan with the brown butter. Saute them on medium high, constantly tossing and stirring, until they are just al dente. Add a little salt to taste.garlicky brown butter green beans-001

And there you have it. Absolution in green bean form. Garlicky brown butter green bean form.

garlicky brown butter grean beans

Garlicky Brown Butter Green Beans

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 4-6

Garlicky Brown Butter Green Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and washed
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2-3 garlic cloves sliced
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Place butter in a small, but heavy saucepan. Melt over medium low heat. Add garlic cloves. Turn heat down to low.
  2. Brown butter over low heat, stirring often. When butter starts to foam, keep a careful eye on it and stir it constantly. Remove from heat when butter solids are a golden brown and garlic is a caramel color, about 5-7 minutes. (Be careful not to burn the garlic or it will be very bitter.)
  3. Place butter, garlic and beans in a saute pan. Saute green beans over medium heat, tossing and stirring constantly until the green beans are just tender. About 5 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt to taste
  5. Serve
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