Fresh green beans make a simple and quick side dish. I know many of you cook with fresh veggies all the time, but for others it’s all new. Green beans are very easy to prepare and it’s fun to get the kids involved too.
Snap the ends off each bean. This is a step your kids might like to help with. Toss the beans in a colander and rinse under cool water. Put the beans in a saucepan with about 1/2 – 3/4 cup water. Bring it to a boil and then turn the heat down and let them steam for about 15 minutes. I like them to be tender-crisp. Drain the water off and add a tablespoon or two of butter. Season with salt and pepper.
I really only like fresh green beans. The canned version turns me off. The only exception to that is in green bean casserole – you know, the kind with cream of mushroom soup and french fried onions. I can’t explain why I like that, especially since I don’t like canned green beans. It’s a mystery.
What about you? Do you like green beans? Do you grow them in your garden or can them yourself? Do you like them cooked the Kentucky way with bacon or pork fat and new potatoes cooked in them? I remember my Uncle Marvin cooking beans that way and I can still conjure up the smell. I never liked it, though everyone else did. Funny how a vegetable can bring back memories 🙂