Green Beans Galore!

Jamie Oliver's Best Ever French Beans

With summer in Chilliwack comes the fresh produce!  Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and green beans have been on the menu so far, and we’re eagerly waiting for our world-famous corn! 

Last night and tonight we had green beans.  Oh man!  There is nothing better than fresh green beans picked and eaten on the same day!

I made two different recipes, each good in its own way.  I think that the second one is my favourite, but that is probably because it is an old family recipe, one my grandma always made!  Grandma Jacob’s recipe seems a bit odd, but try it!  It is soo good! You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

To prep the green beans, pinch off the stem end, but leave the wispy end on.  Wash under running water. 

To cook the beans, boil a pan of salted water.  Put the beans in, and cook for 6-8 minutes, until tender, but still crisp.  It’s a bit of a personal thing, but cook them a bit under what you think is good, as both of the recipes will cook the beans a bit more.  Drain the beans in a colander and let steam dry for a minute.

Best Ever French Beans
Recipe adapted from Jamie’s Food Revolution
Serves 4-6

1 lb fresh green beans
3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
1-1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated
extra-virgin olive oil
juice of 1/2 a lemon

Prepare beans as noted above.  When you drain your beans, save some of the cooking water (about 1/2 cup or so).  Return the pan to the heat.  Add in some olive oil and the garlic.  Stir.  When the garlic starts to turn golden, add the beans and stir around.   Add a ladleful of reserved cooking water, the cheese and lemon juice.  Stir and simmer until the water and cheese start to form a sticky sauce, then remove from heat and serve immediately!

Grandma Jacob’s Green Beans
Old family recipe
Serves 4-6

1 lb green beans
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
salt and pepper

Prepare green beans as noted above.  Return the pan to the heat and add butter.  When the butter melts, stir in flour.  Add in the green beans and salt and pepper to taste.  Stir until the beans are coated.  Serve immediately!  So good!!!!

Enjoy summer’s bounty!
The Hungry Teacher


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