Fresh Green Beans

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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.

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3 Responses to Fresh Green Beans

  1. Stephen says:

    Last week, I tried to get my mother to sweat the green beans from the farmers’ market. She boiled them gray instead. Sigh … Maybe next time.

  2. rockyroadoflove says:

    Sigh, indeed! And those were Romanos. Last week she wrote down the recipe and sweated them perfectly. You have to keep reminding her of something new.

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