I bought a package of cleaned green beans at the market the other night and wondered what to do with them. Usually, I'll snack on them raw or just steam them, but then I remembered reading about the combination of green beans with mint and decided to test it out. It really brightens up the flavor in a California kind of way. This would make a a great side dish. I bet it would also taste great dotted with creamy blobs of mozzarella as a salad course.
1 package of green beans, cleaned
Extra virgin olive oil
1/4 of a fresh lemon
Very good butter
A handful of fresh mint leaves
1. In a small pot, cook the green beans in salted boiling water, with a bit of olive oil, for about 5 minutes or until tender but still bright green. Drain.
2. Add a knob of butter to the pan and turn the heat on medium. Squeeze the lemon juice into the pan. Swirl it around and stir with a spoon until melted.
3. Throw the green beans back in and saute for about 8 minutes or so. Turn off the heat, coarsely tear the fresh mint leaves into the pan, season with salt and pepper. Shake everything around in the pan so that the residual heat infuses all of the flavors.