Green Beans - Three Ways

Every year I save seeds of my beans so I don’t have to keep buying bean seed. The seeds are easy to save, with me leaving approximately 10 beans on the vine to dry completely. This way I never run out of bean seed to plant come spring.

With a glut of green beans at our place at the moment, using up our green beans without them going to waste is important. Yes, you could chop and blanche them for winter goodness, but then I always find they end up being a soggy mess. I would rather a lot of crunchy goodness, well at least until we get sick of them.

Green Beans with Lime and Feta – for four people

400gm of green beans (approximately 100gm of Beans per person), ends removed

60gm of crumbly feta

Juice of 1 lime (swap this out for lemon if you don’t have limes)

A drizzle of good olive oil

Pinch of salt

Blanche the beans by bring a medium pan of water to the boil. Add a good pinch of salt to the water. Add the beans and cook for 4-5 minutes till they are cooked but still crunchy.

Drain the water from the pan, and return the beans to the pan. Add the olive oil and toss to coat. Plate the beans, crumble over the feta, then squeeze the lime over the top. The salt from the feta should be enough to season the beans. Serve immediately.

Roasted Green Beans with Chives and Parmesan - for four people

400gm of green beans (approximately 100gm of Beans per person), ends removed

1 tbsp. good quality olive oil

A handful of chives, chopped

2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese.

Preheat oven to 180⁰. Wash and dry the green beans. Lay a sheet of baking paper on the tray. Toss the beans in the olive oil, until coated properly. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and chives and then toss to ensure even distribution of the ingredients.

Roast for 10-15 minutes. Plate and sprinkle on the parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Garlicky Green beans - for four people

400gm of green beans (approximately 100gm of Beans per person), ends removed

1 tbsp. good quality olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, grated

Salt and pepper to season

Heat a frying pan, till just starting to smoke. Add the green beans and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add grated garlic and sauté for a further minute to get the garlic fragrant. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Beans especially go well with a good potato mash and a pan-fried piece of salmon, or other fish. In fact it is a family favourite. 

 

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