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Vibrant Tasty Green Bean Recipe

The following recipe is best made just before serving time. You can make/prep this ahead of time by cooking the leeks and dill first and setting them aside. Instead of cooking the green beans in the skillet, blanch them in a pot of boiling, well-salted water for about a minute. Drain the beans and dunk them in a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and place the beans in a bag or bowl in the refrigerator until ready to use. When ready, combine the components - you can do it at room temperature, or heated quickly in a skillet or pan.


4 leeks, well washed, root end and tops trimmed, sliced lengthwise into quarters and then chopped into 1/2-inch segments
1/3 cup fresh dill, well chopped
3/4 pound green beans, tops and tails trimmed and cut into 1-inch segments
extra-virgin olive oil
fine-grain sea salt


In a large thick-bottomed skillet of medium-high heat add a generous splash of olive oil, a generous pinch of salt and the leeks. Stir until the leeks are coated and glossy. Cook, stirring regularly until a lot of the leeks are golden and crispy. I stir every minute or two in the beginning, and more often as they brown using a metal spatula. All in all it takes me roughly 7 - 10 minutes to brown the leeks. At this point stir in the dill, and then stir in the green beans.  Cook for a couple more minutes - just until the the beans brighten up and lose that raw bite.  Turn out into a bowl or onto a platter and serve immediately.

If you want to prepare these green beans ahead of time - read the head notes.

Serves about 6.


Recipe from Heidi Swanson's food blog, 101 Cookbooks at: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/vibrant-tasty-green-beans-recipe.html.

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