I’m not always perfect in the kitchen and have the tendency to make mistakes and constantly catch my kitchen towels on fire. So, it’s no surprise that I forgot about my green beans after catching a towel on fire. I usually blanch my green beans and shock in ice water. I then finish them off by sautéing them with some butter and garlic. Very simple, very easy and keeps the green beans from getting soggy. Well, these went passed my normal cooking time and I started smelling almost burnt garlic. I don’t know what happened but somehow, something just clicked and I remembered having green beans like this when I was living in Spain. I just made Spanish green beans with garlic. Score!!! Hence, the accidental recipe that is awesome. Anyways, I keep prosciutto or serrano ham in the fridge for impromptu guests to make cheese plates or just for us if we are sitting around with a glass of wine.
Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic and Spanish Ham
- 6 ounces fresh green beans
- 2 ounces Spanish extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
- 4 thin slices jamon serrano or prosciutto
- Put the olive oil and garlic in a sauté pan, then heat over medium heat until the garlic begins to turn light golden. Keep watching it because you don't want to cook to much and burn the garlic. Increase the heat to medium and add the green beans. Do not stir the green beans, you want them to sear on one side. Allow the beans to cook until just beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Again, be careful not to let the garlic burn. Season to taste with salt.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Shred the pieces of jamon into large slices with your hands. Toss them with the green beans and serve.