Saturday, April 26, 2008


Want to add a little flavor to your green beans? Try this recipe for fresh or frozen. If you're not a fan of thyme (like my hubby, Guy), don't worry. When you put sprigs of thyme in the pot, you'll only get a mild thyme flavor. Remove the sprigs when the beans are done.

Old-Thyme Green Beans
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup chopped sweet onion
1 tsp. chopped fresh garlic (optional)
½ lb. fresh or frozen cut green beans
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
½ tsp. sea salt
3 fresh thyme sprigs
optional: 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley and 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

In 2-quart heavy pot, sweat the onions (and garlic, if using) in the oil over medium heat, about 3-4 minutes. Add the beans, broth, salt and thyme sprigs. Up the heat; bring broth to a boil. Cover pot and reduce heat to simmer. Cook beans 5-7 minutes, or till they’re done the way you like them. Before serving, remove the thyme stems. These are great as is, but if you want to bring them over the top, sprinkle the beans with the parsley and lemon juice.
Yield: 2-3 servings

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