A simple yet flavorful way to prepare fresh green beans. Simple enough for weeknight dinners and fancy enough for special occasions.
- 2–3 TB fat or cooking oil (I prefer bacon drippings or lard)
- fresh, slender green beans
- garlic cloves, sliced thinly, to taste
- unrefined sea salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Trim ends of green beans.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Try cast iron, if you have it!
- When the skillet is hot, add fat or oil.
- After the fat has melted, add green beans.
- Reduce heat and cook for 5-10 minutes, until tender crisp.
- Push green beans to one side of the skillet and add garlic to the open space. Add a bit more fat, if necessary.
- Cook and stir garlic several minutes until browned and fragrant.
- Toss beans and garlic, then season with unrefined sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Serve hot.
For my family of five, I fill a 12-inch cast iron skillet with green beans and add anywhere from 3-6 cloves of garlic.