Steamed Green Beans

As the garden continues to produce at a steady rate, I am pleased to share another fresh green bean recipe with you.

I had these the other night with a pork chop and rice and let me just say, Oh Sweet Heaven! They were so delicious, I think it might be my new favorite way to prepare fresh green beans!

And, I might add, it’s another super simple recipe. I know I say that about many things that come out of my kitchen, but it’s true. Cooking shouldn’t always have to be difficult, right?

I have just begun playing with steam cooking food. While I am aware that this method has been out there forever, I haven’t had a means by which to steam, until this past Christmas.

In this post, I introduced you to my wok and steam baskets, and also a delicious Turkey Dumpling Recipe. It is these same steam baskets that are coming in quite handy with veggies this summer as well.

So…here it is, the play by play for this delicious AND SIMPLE side dish:

1. Prep the beans (snap the ends off and wash well)
2. While prepping (I actually prep as I bring them in from the garden so they’re always ready to go when it comes time to cook), get the steamer warmed up.
**It doesn’t matter what method you use for steaming. If you have a small appliance steamer, the pans with the holes in the bottom, a wok with steam baskets….whatever…get it warmed up.
3. Place beans in the steamer and cover.
4. Cook for 8-10 minutes – test the beans after 8 minutes. You will cook longer if you desire softer beans, it’s all a matter of preference. The beans will turn a beautiful, bright green!!
5. When done cooking, remove from the steamer (Careful not to burn yourself!)
6. Place in a bowl with some real butter (again, the amount is based on preference)
7. Mix the butter around until the butter melts and all the beans are shiny with a thin coat of butter.
8. Sprinkle seasoned salt over the beans.
9. Eat!!

Something about the butter and seasoned salt come together to create a side dish that will have you saying “Oh Sweet Heaven” as well. And, if you’re unsure about the butter (you know, because butter isn’t super healthy) don’t fret. A little bit goes a long way and it’s totally worth it!




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