Microwaved Green Beans
A few years ago when I was going over some dinner ideas for a client, I mentioned green beans as a side vegetable for dinner. Their response was “That seems like a waste. What’s the point?” Green beans have gotten a bad wrap throughout the years. It probably has something to do with soggy canned green beans, over cooked green bean casserole or just bland buttered green beans. I also understand how easy it is to overcook fresh green beans. It only takes 1 minute of not paying attention or not having the ice bath ready to stop the cooking time when removing from the boiling water. Green beans are fickle that way.
However, for just a little bit more money you can buy green beans in a bag. I have used these things for several years now and they are great! All you have to do is throw them in the microwave for 3 minutes for crisp bean and then at most 3:30 minutes for softer, but still crisp beans. I like to put them in for 3 minutes because I’m usually sautéing them with something.
I also believe that this is the trick for green beans in general. Cook al dente before adding flavors.
Now what if you don’t want to spend the extra money on bagged green beans? You can still microwave them. You are going to want to start with pinching off the ends of the beans. Then yo have two options: leave long or cut in half for a slightly shorter cooking time. Once you’ve figured that out, place the beans in a microwaveable safe bowl. Add in about a 1/4 – 1/3 cup of water. Cover with a damp paper towel or regular kitchen towel. Place in the microwave and nuke for about 2:30 minutes on high. Check them. This method is much more dependent on the size of the green beans and your microwave than the beans in the bag. If they are still too crisp, nuke for another :30 – :45. Once cooked, remove and sauté with other ingredients.
Green beans are a blank canvas. Be creative with additional ingredients. Think garlic and cherry tomatoes or lemon zest with Parmesan cheese.
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