The culprit this time was a recipe for Best-Ever Green Beans. For its current issue Prevention asked a group of famous chefs to suggest their dream Thanksgiving dinner. Legendary cook and author Jamie Oliver produced this recipe, adapted from his book Jamie's Food Revolution. The Prevention article quotes Oliver as saying that even the pickiest kid in the family will pass on his plate for these beans. I love it. The beans are said to be a "107-calorie side" dish that can be served for 86-cents per person. Low-cal, healthy, inexpensive, and creative--that's what I call a super dish!
We didn't wait until Thanksgiving but prepared them for last night's meal to accompany meat loaf. What a great side! I feel sure that at a later date they'll reappear on our table to accompany a turkey. Puts that ole TG standby green-bean casserole in the shade!
Best-Ever Green Beans (Jamie Oliver)
1 1/4 pound green beans
pinch of salt (or salt substitute)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (the shredded variety, not the kind in a can)
Line up green beans on a chopping board. Cut off the stalks and leave the wispy ends as they are. Put the beans into a large saucepan of boiling water with the pinch of salt and cook for about 6 minutes. Try one of the beans. If it's soft and not squeaky when you eat it, they're done. Drain them in a colander; reserve some of the cooking water, and set beans aside to steam dry. Put the pan in which you boiled the beans back on the heat. Add the oil and the garlic. Give it a stir. When the garlic starts to turn golden, add the beans and jiggle the pan around to coat them in the garlicky oil. Add a ladleful of the reserved cooking water, the Parmesan, and the juice from the half lemon. Stir and simmer until the water and cheese start to form an oozy, sticky sauce; then remove from the heat and serve immediately. Serves 8.