Thursday, June 13, 2013

Garlic Red Pepper Green Beans with Lemon Vinaigrette

My friends Suzanne and Brad have a ridiculously awesome garden. I am not one of those people who arbitrarily goes around humming the word awesome unless I mean it either. I mean this garden of theirs is EPIC.

Suzanne and I had our once a month outing this past weekend and she came bearing gifts. They grew mad amounts of pole beans, bush beans, green beans and we got to reap the benefits!

I opened the fridge today, and lo and behold as I stared at the bag of gifted green beans an easy and delicious recipe poured from my soul; a recipe even Thug Kitchen would be proud of.

If you're lucky enough to have a friend who brings you home grown varietals like these beans, you're lucky. If not, this recipe is equally delicious with store bought haricots.

Garlic Red Pepper Green Beans with Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 2 cups cleaned snapped green beans
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1-2 tsp red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  1. Clean, half and steam the beans.
  2. Drain and cool beans, transfer to mixing bowl.
  3. Crush garlic on beans.
  4. Add red pepper flakes to beans.
  5. Add the zest of the lemon to the beans.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk the juice of the lemon and the olive oil together.
  7. Add salt and pepper.
  8. Serve warm or cold - I prefer cold.

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