Want to add a little kick to your side dish? Try Eva Longoria's Garlic Green Beans
Kosher salt to taste
1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed and halved if long
3 tablespoons unsalted margarine
6 garlic cloves, minced
Prepare a large bowl of ice water and bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook for 30 seconds. Drain the beans and immediately submerge them in the ice water to stop the cooking. Let the beans sit in the ice water for a couple of minutes, and then drain thoroughly.
In a large skillet, heat the margarine over medium-low heat. When the margarine has melted, add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes; do not let the garlic brown. Stir in the green beans and cook gently until crisp-tender, 10 to 12 minutes, or until softer to the bite – this is how I like them – 20 to 25 minutes. You want to hear a gently sizzling sound as they cook, but no more than that. Add salt to taste and serve.
Tip: Placing green vegetables in boiling water for less than minute and then plunging them into ice water – what professionals call blanching and shocking – keeps them very green and pretty. You can skip this step if you don’t have time to wait for the water to boil.
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