Aug 26, 2010

Lemon Green Beans

Lemon Green Beans

Here’s a quick, fairly healthy but totally irresistible side dish for you, Lemon Green Beans, though the name doesn’t really cover the load. I found this recipe about two years ago, in an ancient Italian cook book, one I took with from home with me when I moved into my 1st apartment. The original recipe only had the lemon, garlic and oil in it. Suffice to say I tweaked it like crazy!

I have a thing for all-round side dishes. You know those dishes that go with anything, from meat to fish and everything in-between? This is one of them. Takes hardly any time to whip up but it’s so good. It tastes like summer to me! Fresh, crispy and slightly tangy with a lovely saltness coming from the Parmesan.

I can’t stop eating them and, surprisingly enough, neither can my son. Hope you like them as much as we do.

Ingredients:

1 pound green beans
1/3 grated large shallot
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp lemon juice
lemon zest
1 tsp white wine vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp parsley
Parmesan curls
pepper
salt


Directions:

Clean up your beans and trim the ends. Boil them in lightly salted water until bite-tender, this will take 10 to 12 minutes. You really want a bit of bite to them. This was a little over a pound.
Lemon Green Beans

Grate a bit of lemon zest—not enough to be overpowering, just to add some freshness and zing—and grate the garlic. Put it in a big salad bowl.
Lemon Green Beans

Technically you could finely mince the shallot, but I prefer to grate it as well. It blends in that way.
Lemon Green Beans

Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice, about a tbsp or two.
Lemon Green Beans

Add a good quality olive oil to that. Whether or not you use EVOO depends on your palate.
Lemon Green Beans

I was about the add the white wine vinegar when it dawned on me Byron had sent me Unca Duke’s Geaux Jus. Oh boy, it worked like a charm. It’s a honey infused balsamic vinegar with different kind of peppers and garlic. So sooo good. No, I’m not being paid to say this!
Lemon Green Beans

Combine the liquids with the dried oregano and parsley.
Lemon Green Beans

Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper and whisk.
Lemon Green Beans

Drain the green beans and quickly rinse them under cold water for a few seconds to stop the cooking process and keep them green, but don’t cool them off completely.
Lemon Green Beans

Add them to the vinaigrette and toss them around a bit. Make sure all beans get coated.
Lemon Green Beans

Add Parmesan curls or grated Parmesan. Use the good stuff, though! These are so simple but so flavorful. They go with anything, but work especially well with chicken and white fish.
Lemon Green Beans

Lemon Green Beans
Ingredients
    1 pound green beans
    1/3 grated large shallot
    1 garlic clove
    2 tbsp lemon juice
    lemon zest
    1 tsp white wine vinegar
    3 tbsp olive oil
    1/2 tsp oregano
    1/2 tsp parsley
    Parmesan curls
    pepper
    salt
Directions
    Clean up your beans and trim the ends. Boil them in lightly salted water until bite-tender, this will take 10 to 12 minutes. Grate a bit of lemon zest (about 1/4 to 1/2 a tsp, and grate the garlic. Put it in a big salad bowl. Finely mince or grate the shallots as well.

    Squeeze in fresh lemon juice, about 2 tbsp. Add the olive oil, white wine vinegar, oregano, parsley, pepper, salt and whisk. Drain the green beans and quickly rinse them under cold water for a few seconds to stop the cooking process and keep them green, but don’t cool them off completely. Add them to the vinaigrette and toss them around a bit. Make sure all beans get coated.

    Serve with Parmesan curls or grated Parmesan.
Meal type: side dish
Servings: 2 to 4
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    10 Comments »

    1. 1

      Beautiful! I like the simplicity and ease of your recipes. They never fail me.

      Nancy on Aug 26, 2010 @ 10:12 am
    2. 2

      Ziet dat er even lekker uit, en wat een aparte manier om boontjes te eten! Leuk blog heb je zeg, ben er gewoon jaloers op.

      Marijke on Aug 26, 2010 @ 10:41 am
    3. 3

      Lovely beans Kay. I have to try this recipe.

      Maria on Aug 26, 2010 @ 1:09 pm
    4. 4

      Add some rendered crispy bacon bits (the fatty bacon that’s called “Speck” in Germany) and you have my grandmother’s bean salad. ;)

      Karohemd on Aug 26, 2010 @ 1:17 pm
    5. 5

      Mmmm–great idea. And simple, too! I’ll grab some green beans next time I’m at the grocery store and try this.

      Jenna on Aug 26, 2010 @ 10:17 pm
    6. 6

      Sounds yummy!!  I bet this is good cold too.  (I’m thinking Salad Nicoise thoughts)

      Nancy G on Aug 26, 2010 @ 11:18 pm
    7. 7

      Very good instruction easy to follow keep your good work as I am learning all your recepies

      rose on Sep 4, 2010 @ 5:06 am
    8. 8

      MMMMMM!  I am really glad to have found this blog of yours! I tried various recepies already and untill now I was never disappointed!
      But now a question, may be stupid but…….
      Where can I buy a grater like you use here ??? I have naver seen a thing like that before and is is so cute…..
      I hope you can inform me, I would be so glad!
      Alvast bedankt, Urgje van Bergen uit Oostenrijk

      urgje van bergen on Oct 23, 2010 @ 2:12 pm
    9. 9

      @ Urgje:

      Ik heb hem uit Amerika laten overkomen, maar zag later bij de groothandel in Nederland (Hanos) er ook een paar liggen.

      Kay on Oct 23, 2010 @ 2:32 pm
    10. 10

      Looks Delicious, but where can i find unca duke’s geaux jus???

      mia on Nov 30, 2010 @ 1:53 am

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