Remember the sweated onions in Tomato-Onion Pie last May? Well, I learned last summer from my friend Dorothy that fresh green beans sweat just like onions—and just like onions they get intensely flavorful and sweet! My favorite green bean is Romano, but you can sweat any kind of fresh green beans. They’re so rich and tasty, you’ll never add water again. SAM
3 or 4 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed, strung, and snapped
2 shallots or 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
A pinch of red pepper flakes, if desired
2 large cloves garlic, peeled
Salt to taste
In a large chef’s pan over medium heat, heat the oil until it begins to smell. Add the beans, shallots or onion, and red pepper flakes, stirring thoroughly to coat. Place the garlic on top. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and sweat, stirring occasionally, until the beans are soft and tender, about 2 hours. Add the salt.
Makes 8 servings.